Meet Amy Coney Barrett, The US Supreme Court's Youngest Justice

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Justice Clarence Thomas (R) administered the oath of office to Amy Coney Barrett on October 26, 2020, at the White House, alongside President Donald Trump (Credit: The White House/ Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain)

On October 26, 2020, the US Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The 48-year-old, who was nominated for the lifetime appointment by President Trump on September 26, 2020, will fill the vacancy left behind by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died from complications of pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020.

Justice Barrett is the youngest person and only the fifth woman to serve on the nation's highest court. The mother of seven children, aged 8 to 19, is also the first female Supreme Court Justice with school-aged children.

During her October 26, 2020, ceremonial constitutional oath ceremony at the White House, Ms. Barrett said, "My fellow Americans, even though we judges don't face elections, we still work for you. It is your Constitution that establishes the rule of law and the judicial independence that is so central to it. The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences."

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Justice Barrett, her husband Jesse, and her seven children in the Oval Office of the White House on September 26, 2020 (Credit: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hank/Public Domain)

The oldest of seven children, Ms. Barrett grew up in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, LA. After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa — the country's highest academic honor — with an undergraduate degree in English from Rhodes College in 1994, she went on to pursue law on a full-tuition scholarship at Notre Dame Law School.

Ms. Barrett graduated at the top of her class in 1997 and spent the next two years honing her skills as a judicial law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court. She then joined a boutique law firm specializing in litigation in Washington, DC, before returning to her alma mater, Notre Dame, as a law professor in 2002. Known for her sharp intellect and inclusiveness, Ms. Barrett was extremely popular with students and voted professor of the year multiple times. In 2017, President Trump selected Ms. Barrett to serve as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position she held until her recent appointment to the US Supreme Court.

Resources: Vox.com, Wikipedia.org, NPR.org

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  • blue_fox_740
    blue_fox_740Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:03 am
    I love amy! She is my new idol but I wonder how she will handle 7 kids and the supreme court. Every time i say supreme i think of pizza any1 agree? now i'm hungry lol.
    • lovelet_kitty19
      lovelet_kitty19Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:45 am
      I think it is awsome she is the youngest US Supreme Court's Youngest Justice
      • jyroligykunixy
        jyroligykunixyMonday, November 16, 2020 at 10:00 am
        cool
        • snowstar_young
          snowstar_youngMonday, November 16, 2020 at 7:06 am
          I like how women are making history.
          • cj_dj
            cj_djSaturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:22 pm
            I miss Ruth Bader Ginsburg but I love that she's a woman!
            • imalaser3456
              imalaser3456Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:33 pm
              The election is going to the Supreme Court!!!
              • mojycuky-160004979344
                mojycuky-160004979344Friday, November 13, 2020 at 9:34 am
                I like how women are making history in America doing the impossible and making it possible. Breaking down barriers.
                • lovelet_kitty19
                  lovelet_kitty19Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:46 am
                  Yeah It's awsome
                • kcroyalslover10
                  kcroyalslover10Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:25 pm
                  Great job!! I'm glad she was chosen. Hopefully she's better than the one before her.
                  • jkbear
                    jkbearThursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:19 pm
                    good job amy
                    • keitomeadows22
                      keitomeadows22Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6:51 pm
                      i am also using this as a current event