Amy Coney Barrett, 1972

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    Amy Coney Barrett, 1972

    A Lawyer, federal judge, and law professor. Nominated to the US Supreme Court.

    Amy Coney Barrett was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb. Her family is Catholic, and throughout the years, she studied at catholic education institutes. After high school, she studied English literature and French at Rhodes College, graduating magna cum laude. Afterward, she studied law at Notre Dame Law School, graduating first in her class with a Juris Doctor summa cum laude. At the age of 25, Barrett began to work as a judicial law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman and then for Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. In 1999, she married Jesse M. Barrett, whom she met at Notre Dame Law School. The couple moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for a prestigious litigation law firm.
     
    At 29, Barrett served for a year as a visiting associate professor at George Washington University Law School, before returning to Notre Dame Law School as an assistant professor, soon becoming a full-tenured faculty member. She taught federal courts, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law and was voted Professor of the year three times. In 2010, she was named a Professor of Law, and during 2014-2017 she held the Diane and M.O. Miller Research Chair of Law. At the age of 38, Barrett was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, a position she served for six years.
     
    In 2017, Barrett was nominated by the US President Donald Trump to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, she was asked how her faith could affect her law-making decisions. Barrett answered that her faith would never compromise her work as a judge. The hearing, as well as her opinions on abortion and gay marriage, made her popular with religious right conservatives. She was voted 55–43, and in her confirmation, Barrett became the first woman to serve in the Indiana seat on the Seventh Circuit. While serving in this position, she authored more than 100 opinions that reinforce her name as a textualist. On September 26th, 2020, Barrett was nominated by President Trump to the US Supreme Court, to replace the deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
     

    “A judge may never subvert the law or twist it in any way to match the judge’s convictions”

    “A judge may never subvert the law or twist it in any way to match the judge’s convictions”

     


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She is the eldest of seven children.
    • Her father has been an ordained deacon.
    • She was the student body vice-president in high school.
    • While at law school, she was the executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review.
    • She worked on Bush v. Gore, the lawsuit that grew out of the 2000 United States presidential election.
    • She identifies as an originalist – the belief that judges should attempt to interpret the Constitution’s words as the authors intended when they were written.
    • She has seven children; two of them are adopted.
    • She is a member of the People of Praise faith group.
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  • Barrett in 2018. Photo credit - Rachel Malehorn @ Wikipedia


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