Newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just fulfilled a major promise, becoming the first high court judge to hire an all-women team of law clerks.
During his contentious testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh told lawmakers he made it a personal goal to hire women after he learned years ago that there was an imbalance between the number of men and women hired for prestigious clerkships at the Supreme Court.
“My women law clerks said I was one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “And they wrote that the legal profession is fairer and more equal because of me.”
During his 12 years on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh claimed no federal judge “has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have.”
He promised during his hearing to become the “first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks” because “that is who I am.”
And over the weekend, Kavanaugh made good on that promise.
Four women, Kim Jackson, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen, each of whom Kavanaugh said would be available to clerk for him “at a moment’s notice,” were at the Supreme Court on Sunday.
Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday evening following a feisty political battle over claims from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged the jurist tried to molest her during a party some 36 years ago, when they were both teenagers.
The new justice’s tenure on the court will begin Tuesday.