Who is Amy Coney Barrett and what is she about?

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th left an open seat on the Supreme Court. This open seat elicited much controversy. Should President Donald Trump nominate a Justice so close to a presidential election?

Eight days later, President Trump did nominate a conservative candidate by the name of Amy Coney Barrett (ACB). She has exceptional qualifications.

“The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in November 2017. Before joining the bench, she served on the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School, where she continues to teach.

Judge Barrett earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Notre Dame, where she was a Kiley Fellow, earned the Hoynes Prize, the Law School’s highest honor, and served as executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. She 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. From 2010-2016, she served by appointment of the Chief Justice on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Judge Barrett has published widely in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. Her scholarship in these fields has been published in leading journals, including the Columbia, Virginia, and Texas Law Reviews.” Source: The Federalist Society

ACB’s resume extends beyond just her career. She is married to a lawyer and has seven children, five biological and two who are adopted from Haiti. Her husband and children were in attendance with her as she gave a speech following her Supreme Court nomination.

It was honorable that ACB paid tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her speech. She admired her because she, “did not just break glass ceilings [in the legal profession], she smashed them.” The late Justice paved the way for ACB to stand where she does now. 

The biggest highlight of her speech came from a very simple statement, “I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.” She later explicitly says exactly what she means by this, “If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you. I would discharge the judicial oath which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution.”

Twenty years ago, ACB clerked for the late Justice Scalia and adopted his judicial philosophy, “A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.”

This is significant because while the liberal left is claiming to “pack the Court,” our newest nominee is saying that the Supreme Court belongs to the American people. She will operate in a way that upholds the Constitution, not her political party.

We will see if the Senate confirms her when the confirmation hearings begin in mid-October.

Update (Oct. 30): Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the newest member to the Supreme Court on Monday October 26th with a 52-48 vote. All Republicans except for Senator Susan Collins (Maine) voted in favor of Barrett. All Democrats opposed her.

Key Takeaways:

  • ACB was nominated by President Trump to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court.
  • ACB is a well-rounded wife, mom, and lawyer.
  • ACB emphasized that as a Supreme Court Justice she will not be a political activist. Instead, she will uphold justice as outlined in the Constitution.

Amy Coney Barrett’s Full Speech: Youtube

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