Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Chicago was named as President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Barett is a former Notre Dame law professor.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has rated Barrett as “well qualified”, based on her integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament. The ABA’s have been previously called as the “gold standard by which judicial candidates are judges.” This rating from a substantial majority of the ABA was disclosed in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The rating process began immediately after Barrett was nominated on Sept 26th by President Trump. The many references to Barrett’s children during the hearings have pronounced that her prolific motherhood was especially admirable and a sign that she was not shirking her womanly duty while she was unleashing her ambition.
Her father, Mike Coney, was an attorney for Shell oil, and later became an ordained deacon at the St. Catherine of Siena Parish Church in Barrett’s hometown of Metairie, Louisiana. Barrett is a mother of seven, with two children adopted from Haiti, and one with Down syndrome. She is involved with a Christian group called People of Praise.
Christian faith has been a constant and central part of Barrett’s life. She is a deeply religious woman with her roots in charismatic conservative Catholicism. Barrett told the Notre Dame alumni last year that she decided to become a lawyer since it will allow her to be involved in real world things, in real world policy and shaping society. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. Her students from Notre Dame states that she is approachable and is also willing to offer spiritual mentoring in a one-on-one setting.
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