Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Amy Vivian Coney Barrett was born in January 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature and French from Rhodes College, and received her Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School. She spent two years as a law clerk, first at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. She entered the private practice of law.

She was a visiting associate professor at George Washington University Law School and a professor at Notre Dame Law School. Later she was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. She was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.

She was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position she held for three years. President Trump later appointed her to serve as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. She was confirmed by the Senate and took her seat on the high court bench in October 2020.

She is married to Jesse Barrett and they have seven children. The family is Catholic.

In the News…

The Supreme Court of the United States and some of its members have faced criticism recently over matters of ethics or conduct. Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently advanced the possibility of the justices addressing the issue, supporting an ethical code of conduct for the high court. 

At an event at the University of Minnesota Law School, she told students, “I think it would be a good idea for us to do it, particularly so that we can communicate to the public exactly what it is we’re doing—and in a clearer way than perhaps we have been able to do so far.” 

Justice Barrett added, “I will say this. There is no lack of consensus among the justices—there is unanimity among all nine justices—that we should and do hold ourselves to the highest standards, highest ethical standards possible.” She said an ethics code is “how best to express what it is that we are already doing.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Justice Barrett today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Justice Amy Coney Barrett
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20543


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