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Amy Coney Barrett biography: 13 things about lawyer from Metairie, Louisiana

Amy Vivian Coney Barrett is an attorney, jurist and academic. She is originally from Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States.

Married to a fellow lawyer, Barrett is a mother of seven. Here are 13 more facts about her:

  1. She was born on January 28, 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She is the oldest among the seven children of Michael Coney, an attorney for Shell Oil Company, and Linda Coney, a high school French teacher.
  2. She grew up in a Catholic family in Metairie. His father was ordained a deacon in the 1980s.
  3. In 1990, she graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans.
  4. In 1994, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Rhode’s College in Memphis, Tennessee, USA where she was a scholar. She majored in English literature and minored in French. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude.
  5. She studied law at Notre Dame Law School of the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, USA on a full-tuition scholarship. She was the executive editor of the school’s Notre Dame Law Review. She earned the Hoynes Prize when she graduated first in her class in 1997 with a Juris Doctor summa cum laude.
  6. She worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1997 to 1998 and for Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court from from 1998 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, she practiced law at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin in Washington, D.C., USA, which merged into Baker Botts, which is based in Houston, Texas, USA.
  7. In 2001, she gave birth to Emma Barrett, her first child with Jesse. From 2001 to 2002, she was an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C and was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law.
  8. She and Jesse M. Barrett got married in 2002. They met at the Notre Dame Law School. He is also Catholic. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and his Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School in 1999.
  9. She and Jesse are members of People of Praise, a network of lay Christian intentional communities formed by Kevin Ranaghan and Paul DeCelles in 1971. It is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, USA, where she, her husband, their four daughters and three sons live.
  10. As a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School from 2002 to 2017, she taught federal courts, constitutional law and statutory interpretation. She was an associate professor of law at the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. From 2014 to 2017, she held the Diane and M.O. Miller Research Chair of Law.
  11. In 2005, she and Jesse adopted Vivian Barrett, who was born in Haiti in 2004. In 2010, the couple adopted John Peter Barrett, who was born in Haiti in 2007. She gave birth to Tess Barrett, Liam Barrett, Juliet Barrett and Benjamin Barrett in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Benjamin has Down Syndrome.
  12. From 2011 to 2016, she spoke on constitutional law at Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a summer training program for Christian law school students run by Alliance Defending Freedom.
  13. On May 8, 2017, Donald Trump nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a seat vacated by John Daniel Tinder. Her daughters Emma, Vivian and Tess sat with her when the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017. She received commission on November 2, 2017. On September 26, 2020, Trump nominated her to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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