Last month Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. President Trump said he will stick to a previously released list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees. One of two leading contenders that President Trump has taken a liking to is Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett has the liberals heated. She’s a conservative, pro-life, highly qualified female and hopefully going to be on the Supreme Court for many years as she is only 46 years old.
Richard W. Garnett who is professor of law and concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame says,
Barrett is careful, conscientious, civil, and charitable, and blessed with an unusual combination of decency, grace under pressure, kindness, rigor, and judgment. If nominated and confirmed, she would be an outstanding justice, committed to the rule of law and to the faithful performance of her judicial duty.
Who Is Judge Amy Coney Barrett
- She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans in 1990
- She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Rhodes College in 1994 and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1997
- During her legal studies, she served as executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review.
- After law school she was a law clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Then she spent a year as clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
- She practiced law at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C. from 1999-2002
- 2002, she began teaching at the Notre Dame Law School, where she was named a Professor of Law in 2010, and, from 2014–17, held the Diane and M.O. Miller Research Chair of Law
- While at Notre Dame, Barrett signed a 2012 “statement of protest” condemning the accommodation that the Obama administration created for religious employers who were subject to the ACA’s “birth control” mandate
- Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump on May 8, 2017, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- She was confirmed on a recorded 55-43 vote of the U.S. Senate on October 31, 2017, and she received her commission on November 2, 2017.
- She is a member of the conservative Federalist Society
- She is married to Jesse M. Barrett, they have seven children: five biological children and two children that are adopted
- She is a practicing Roman Catholic
“It’s never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge’s personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law,” – Amy Barrett