Ketanji Brown Jackson to be sworn in as Supreme Court justice Thursday as Breyer officially retire

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Thursday at noon, when Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement becomes official, the court said Wednesday

At the swearing-in ceremony for Jackson, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath, while Breyer, for whom she clerked, will administer the judicial oath

Jackson, a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington, was confirmed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote in April.

Breyer, 83, told President Biden in a letter that his retirement would take effect at noon on Thursday, bringing his nearly 28-year tenure on the court to an end.

Breyer is leaving the Supreme Court at the end of a term that has seen no shortage of blockbuster cases, the most consequential of which was its decision Friday to overrule Roe v. Wade,

The court is expected to announce its two remaining opinions — a dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants

and a challenge to the Biden administration's attempt to end the so-called "remain in Mexico" policy — on Thursday morning and then recess for the summer. 

It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law," Breyer told Mr. Biden in his letter Wednesday