Judiciary Committee supports Professor Amy Barrett, ’97 J.D., for federal judgeship

Author: Kevin Allen

Barrett Headshot Amy Coney Barrett

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday in support of Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Her nomination will move next to the full Senate for a final vote.

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, the Diane and M.O. Miller II Research Chair in Law, in May to serve as a judge for the appellate jurisdiction that covers Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Barrett earned her J.D. at Notre Dame Law School in 1997 and joined the Law School’s faculty in 2002. She teaches and researches in the areas of federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. Students selected her as the Law School’s “Distinguished Professor of the Year” in 2006 and 2016.

Every full-time member of Notre Dame Law School’s faculty signed a strong letter of support for Barrett’s judicial nomination. Every law clerk who served a U.S. Supreme Court justice during the term that Barrett clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia also endorsed her nomination.