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[ key-bee-jey ]

KBJ are the initials of US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. The initialism KBJ is popularly used as a short way of referring to her.  

Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice in April 2022 after being nominated by President Joe Biden to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. Upon her confirmation, Jackson became the first Black woman to serve on the Court, and the third Black Supreme Court justice in history. 

Prior to being seated on the Supreme Court, Jackson served as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals and as a district court judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia. 

The abbreviation of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s name follows the popular practice of abbreviating the name of some other Supreme Court justices, including Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) and, most prominently, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG).

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Examples of KBJ

KBJ on her work as a criminal defense attorney, specifically as a Federal Public Defender: "Federal public defenders do not get to pick their clients."
@KatiePhang, March 22, 2022
KBJ is expected to face questions on contentious issues including her representation of Guantanamo Bay detainees, her ties to a Harvard-related pending affirmative action case and her sentencing record in child pornography cases.
Katherine Tully-McManus, Politico, March 21, 2022

Who uses KBJ?

Although political and public figures are often polarizing, the initialism KBJ itself—like the abbreviations for many other figures’ names—is generally used in a neutral way, regardless of whether it’s being used by supporters, opponents, or in media reports.

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