Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, is one of the leading candidates for the Supreme Court post that was freed after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Associated Press reported. Today she serves as a federal appeals judge, and in her role she has shown a conservative attitude on hot topics such as abortion and gun control.
Barrett is recognized as a devout Catholic, which positioned her well in conservative circles as an ideological heiress to the historic conservative Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice for whom she clerked.
At just 48, Barrett would become the youngest judge on the court, so her term could last for decades as legislation guarantees that judges enter the Supreme Court with a lifetime contract.
In 2017, President Trump appointed her to the position she currently holds on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the same time, she is a university professor at Notre Dame Law School. She is also recognized for her active participation in the Catholic Church, always in the presence of her husband, Jesse M. Barrett, with whom she has 5 biological children plus 2 adopted from Haiti.
In the almost three years that she has been in her position as an appeals judge, she has carried out around 100 sentences and in several of them Barrett has shown her clear and consistent conservative inclination when it comes to making decisions.
On Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87. Despite her opposition to Donald Trump’s fundamental values and political beliefs, the president did not hesitate to mourn her passing and recognize her as an “amazing woman.” A few hours after confirming her death, a small tribute to the judge’s career could be read from President Trump’s Twitter account.
Now a new dispute begins—who will take Ginsburg’s place. According to Fox News, President Trump already announced last week a list of possible Supreme Court nominees, in case he was re-elected. Among the list is Barrett’s name.
At a press conference on Saturday, President Trump said he was not yet sure who would take Ginsburg’s place, but promised that the replacement would be another woman, and that the candidate, who must then be approved by the U.S. Senate, will be made official this week.
According to the digital newspaper Politico, Barrett’s path to the court has been smoothed for at least 25 years when she was still a law student. Her brilliance and clarity of reasoning since her youth led a group of conservative professors at the University of Notre Dame to select her to participate in an internship at the Supreme Court for a year and then recruit her as a student at the School of Law.
Barrett did not disappoint her mentors, graduating with honors and quickly began working as a clerk with Justice Laurence Silberman at the D.C. Court of Appeals. The following year, with the support of her former professors, she began working as a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.