UPDATED – 10-27-20 – One month after being nominated Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed yesterday as the newest Justice in the Supreme Court.
UPDATED 9-26-20 – President Trump made it official today in a ceremony at the White House
(9-22-20) The next US Supreme Court Justice, who will replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, could be from South Bend. President Trump is considering 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett (48). On Oct. 31, 2017, Barrett was confirmed to the 7th Circuit by a vote of 55 to 43. Three Democratic senators – Louisiana senator, Joe Donnelly; Tim Kaine of Virginia; and Joe Manchin of West Virginia – crossed party lines to vote for her, while two Democratic senators (Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Robert Menendez of New Jersey) did not vote.
Barrett was reportedly also considered to fill the vacancy after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018. and was eventually filled by Brett Kavanaugh.
Her connection to South Bend came after she graduated from Rhodes College (Louisiana), Barrett would attend law school at Notre Dame on a full-tuition scholarship. She would graduate summa cum laude in 1997.
In 2002 she started to teach federal courts, constitutional law and statutory interpretation at Notre Dame. Barrett was named a professor of law at the school in 2010; four years later, she became the Diane and M.O. Research Chair of Law. Barrett was named “distinguished professor of the year” three times.
Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Judge Barrett clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. As an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., she litigated constitutional, criminal, and commercial cases in both trial and appellate courts. Judge Barrett has served as a visiting associate professor and John M. Olin Fellow in Law at the George Washington University Law School, as a visiting associate professor of law at the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
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