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Brett Kavanaugh fulfills plan to become first SCOTUS justice to hire all-female staff of law clerks

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as associate justice to the Supreme Court on Saturday with his family present. (Fred Schilling/Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court's newest justice, fulfilled his plan to become the first justice to hire an all-female staff of law clerks.

Kavanaugh, who was confirmed and sworn in as the 114th justice on Saturday, announced the plan during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"All four are women," he told the committee of the law clerk team he put together conditionally during the confirmation process and before the sexual misconduct allegations were made against him.

Christine Blasey Ford testified last month that she was assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh categorically denied the uncorroborated accusations.

During his 12 years as a federal judge, Kavanaugh said that he had hired mostly women to improve female representation in the court, adding that he planned to hire all women if he was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

“A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women,” Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have.”

Who did he hire?

Of the four women that Kavanaugh hired, Kim Jackson is the only one who has worked for him previously.

Jackson worked for him on the appellate court level, according to the New York Times, and like Kavanaugh, she attended Yale University.

The others — Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy, and Sara Nommensen — have also worked for appeals court judges, the Times reported.

Grammel is a former president of the Stanford Law Review. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University, according to the Washington Post.

Lacy, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and Hillsdale College, formerly worked for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Nommensen reportedly took Kavanaugh's law class at Harvard Law School. Most recently, she worked in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, according to the Post.

What else?

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50 to 48 by the Senate on Saturday in the second tightest successful Supreme Court nomination in history, according to the National Constitution Center. In 1881, Stanley Matthews was confirmed 24 to 23.

A formal ceremony will be held in Kavanaugh's honor at 7 p.m. on Monday at the White House, according to the Washington Examiner. President Donald Trump will preside over the event.

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