Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 222159
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File Number: 222159 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-892-22 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CODESIGNATION JUSTICE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON STREET Introduced: 9/27/2022
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/6/2022
Agenda Date: 10/6/2022 Agenda Item Number: 5C
Notes: 3/5 VOTE REQUIRED; SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED Title: RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING, BY A THREE-FIFTHS VOTE OF BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT, THAT PORTION OF SOUTHWEST 184TH STREET (EUREKA DRIVE) BETWEEN OLD CUTLER ROAD AND CARIBBEAN BOULEVARD AS “JUSTICE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON STREET”
Indexes: CODESIGNATION
Sponsors: Danielle Cohen Higgins, Prime Sponsor
  Oliver G. Gilbert, III, Co-Sponsor
  Keon Hardemon, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Eileen Higgins, Co-Sponsor
  Kionne L. McGhee, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/6/2022 5C Adopted P

County Attorney 9/27/2022 Assigned Dale P. Clarke 9/28/2022

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING, BY A THREE-FIFTHS VOTE OF BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT, THAT PORTION OF SOUTHWEST 184TH STREET (EUREKA DRIVE) BETWEEN OLD CUTLER ROAD AND CARIBBEAN BOULEVARD AS “JUSTICE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON STREET”

BODY
WHEREAS, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (“Justice Jackson”) was born in Washington, D.C., on September 14, 1970, but grew up in Miami, Florida; and
WHEREAS, Justice Jackson attended Palmetto Junior High School, where she was elected “mayor”, and Miami Palmetto Senior High School, where she was elected class president three times and was a standout on the speech and debate team; and
WHEREAS, beyond her years of schooling in Miami-Dade County, Justice Jackson’s family is deeply rooted in the County; and
WHEREAS, for instance, her father, Johnny Brown, worked as an attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board from 1983 until his retirement as Chief Attorney for the School Board in 2005; her mother, Ellery Brown, served as a teacher for many years and as school principal at the New World School of the Arts located in downtown Miami from 1993 until her retirement in 2007; and her uncle, Calvin Ross, served in law enforcement for over 40 years, including as Chief of the City of Miami Police Department from 1991-1994; and
WHEREAS, following her graduation from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1988, Justice Jackson pursued her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992; and
WHEREAS, after briefly working as a staff reporter and researcher for Time Magazine, Justice Jackson attended Harvard Law School, where she was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review; and
WHEREAS, in 1996, Justice Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor, cum laude; and
WHEREAS, after judicial clerkships in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1996 to 1997 and in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1997 to 1998, and after a year working in private practice, Justice Jackson clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court from 1999 to 2000; and
WHEREAS, following a brief return to private practice, Justice Jackson served as Assistant Special Counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission from 2003 to 2005; and
WHEREAS, from 2005 to 2007, Justice Jackson worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia; and
WHEREAS, Justice Jackson returned to private practice in 2007, and on July 23, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her to become Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission whereupon she was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on February 11, 2010; and
WHEREAS, on September 20, 2012, President Obama nominated Justice Jackson to serve as a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and on March 22, 2013, she was confirmed by the United States Senate; and
WHEREAS, on March 30, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Justice Jackson to serve as a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and on April 19, 2021, sent her nomination to the Senate; and
WHEREAS, on June 14, 2021, the United States Senate confirmed Justice Jackson to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with a bi-partisan vote of 53–44, and Justice Jackson received her judicial commission on June 17, 2021; and
WHEREAS, on February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated Justice Jackson to become the 116th Justice of the United States Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy that would be created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer; and
WHEREAS, prior to Justice Jackson’s nomination, 115 justices had served on the Supreme Court in its 233-year history, and of that number, only five were women, and three were people of color; and
WHEREAS, with her nomination, Justice Jackson became the first black woman ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, on February 28, 2022, Justice Jackson’s nomination was sent to the United States Senate, and on March 21, 2022, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened confirmation hearings; and
WHEREAS, on April 7, 2022, following the advancement of her nomination to the full Senate, the Senate confirmed Justice Jackson to Supreme Court with a bi-partisan vote of 53-47; and
WHEREAS, on June 29, 2022, Justice Stephen Breyer notified the White House that his retirement would be effective on June 30, 2022, at noon, which paved the way for Justice Jackson to take the prescribed oaths necessary for her full ascension to the Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, on June 30, 2022, as many people in Miami-Dade County and throughout the country tuned in to watch, Justice Jackson was sworn in as the 116th Supreme Court Justice and the first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, Justice Jackson’s parents reside in District 8, in close proximity to Southwest 184th street (Eureka Drive); and
WHEREAS, Justice Jackson has credited her high school experience in this community, and especially her time on the school’s speech and debate team, with providing her a strong foundation; and
WHEREAS, Justice Jackson’s exemplary record of accomplishments and ground-breaking ascension to the nation’s highest court serve as inspiration to members of this community; and
WHEREAS, this Board recognizes Justice Jackson’s impact on this community, and wishes to honor Justice Jackson by naming that portion of Southwest 184th street (Eureka Drive) between Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard as “Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street”; and
WHEREAS, that portion of Southwest 184th street (Eureka Drive) between Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard is a County-maintained road that forms the boundary between the Village of Palmetto Bay and the Town of Cutler Bay; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 8; and
WHEREAS, Rule 9.02(d) of the Board’s Rules of Procedure provides that the Commission may, by a three-fifths vote of Board members present, name a County road, facility or property after a living individual who has not served as an elected official within the past five years and who “has made a direct, significant lifetime contribution to this community,”
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are hereby incorporated into this resolution and this Board finds that Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has made a direct, significant lifetime contribution to this community pursuant to Rule 9.02(d).
Section 2. Having considered this matter at a public hearing and by a three-fifths vote of Board members present, this Board codesignates that portion of Southwest 184th street (Eureka Drive) between Old Cutler Road and Caribbean Boulevard as “Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Street”.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Department of Transportation and Public Works, the Development Services Division of the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, the Town of Cutler Bay Police Department, the Village of Palmetto Bay Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.



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