On Saturday, President Donald Trump officially announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds,” President Trump said during the press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
During her remarks, Judge Barrett paid tribute to the late Justice Ginsburg, who she said “smashed glass ceilings” for women in the legal profession. Barrett currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She previously worked as a clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia before going into private practice, and also taught at Notre Dame Law School, her alma mater.
Barrett’s nomination hearing promises to be contentious, as some Senate Judiciary Committee members have already questioned her about her Catholic faith. During her nomination hearing to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), for example, remarked that “when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
Barrett and her husband have seven children, including two adopted from Haiti. More information on Amy Coney Barrett can be found in this article from Catholic News Agency. In addition, in a recent interview on EWTN, Barrett’s friend and colleague O. Carter Snead discussed both her personal and professional qualifications.
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