Why you should care about Amy Coney Barrett

Why you should care about Amy Coney Barrett

Who is President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? On Sept. 26, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative-leaning federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Barrett, 48, will fill the role of the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and could reshape the bench for generations to come. Barrett has consistently leaned conservative on issues of gun rights and immigration. In cases ranging from harassment on the job to debt collection, her decisions have invariably tilted toward bosses and businesses. She is also a devout Catholic and a member of a small lay community called People of Praise , which has led many — including senators — to worry she will be a key vote in overturning Roe v. Wade , the seminal 1973 case that cemented a woman’s right to an abortion in the U.S. Abigail Matthews, a UB assistant professor of political science, said that Barrett’s confirmation could shift the balance of the Court for decades. “A lot of things will change,” Matthews said. “[If Barrett is confirmed] the Court will become one of the most conservative courts in history. The Court’s impact will be largely felt on social issues such as [the] equal protection clause and voting issues, and also in Second Amendment gun cases, among others.” Barrett received her B.A. in English Literature from Rhodes College and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School. She has a lengthy legal background: she clerked […]

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