Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Amy Vivian Coney Barrett (born January 28, 1972) is an American lawyer, jurist, and former academic who serves as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Donald Trump and has served since October 27, 2020. She previously was a United States circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 2017 to 2020. Barrett is the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the youngest.

Trump nominated Barrett to the Seventh Circuit, and the US Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017. Before and while serving on the federal bench, she has been a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught civil procedure, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation.

On September 26, 2020, Trump announced his intention to nominate Barrett to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States. The next month, the United States Senate voted 52–48 to confirm her nomination, with all Democratic Party senators opposed and all but one Republican Party senator (Susan Collins) in favor.

Described as a protégée of Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked, Barrett supports an originalist interpretation of the Constitution.1

Because she was nominated by Donald Trump, widely considered the most corrupt president in U.S. history, Coney Barrett's appointment will always be shrouded in controversey. It will be up to her to prove herself worthy of the appointment.

Amy Coney Barrett Quotes

"However cagey a justice may be at the nomination stage, her approach to the Constitution becomes evident in the opinions she writes. ... It would be difficult for a modern justice to avoid revealing her position on whether the original public meaning of the Constitution controls its interpretation." — 2013 article in the Texas Law Review.

"We shouldn’t be putting people on the court that share our policy preferences. We should be putting people on the court who want to apply the Constitution." — 2016 speech at Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute.

"I think it is very unlikely at this point that the court is going to overturn (Roe v. Wade). ... The fundamental element, that the woman has a right to choose abortion, will probably stand." — 2013 lecture at Notre Dame on the 40th anniversary of the Roe ruling.

"If the Court’s opinions change with its membership, public confidence in the Court as an institution might decline. Its members might be seen as partisan rather than impartial and case law as fueled by power rather than reason." — Texas Law Review.

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