Assistant Professor Tiffany Atkins L'11 spoke with FOX 8's Morning Show in North Carolina about the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
An Elon Law faculty member spoke at length with a North Carolina news program on February 28, 2022, for a report on the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Assistant Professor Tiffany D. Atkins L’11 answered questions from FOX 8 WGHP Morning Show news anchor Cindy Farmer about President Joe Biden’s selection to replace Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who retires later this year from the Supreme Court.
Jackson is the first Black woman to be nominated to the highest court in the nation. She currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
“(President Biden) is making good on a promise to create a court that represents the people of the United States. This is a monumental nomination for sure,” Atkins said in the interview. “When you look at the totality of her record, she has more trial court experience than many sitting justices and past justices and when you look at the totality, she has experience as both an appellate court judge and a federal district court judge in addition to her trial experience, which I think makes her extremely qualified for the position.”
Atkins graduated from Elon Law in 2011 as the recipient of the David Gergen Award for Leadership and Professionalism. She taught in the Legal Method & Communication Program from 2016-2018, then spent a year at Wake Law’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research program before rejoining the Elon Law faculty.
She is a member of the law school’s Antiracism Working Group and recently joined the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, a community of law teachers, law school administrators, librarians, academic support experts, students and affiliates “working for more than 40 years to improve the legal profession, the law academy and expand the power of law to under-served communities.”
Prior to her entry into legal education, Atkins worked for several years in Greensboro at Legal Aid of North Carolina. She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro’s Political Science and African-American Studies programs.