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Notre Dame law professor nominated to appeals court

Amy Coney Barrett


A Notre Dame law professor is in line for appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett Monday to serve on the appeals court, according to a University of Notre Dame news release Monday.

Barrett has been teaching and conducting research of the federal courts, constitutional law and statutory interpretation as a university law processor since 2002. She has been twice selected by students as Distinguished Professor of the Year.

Barrett earned her law degree from Notre Dame in 1997 and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Barrett was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. and the United States Supreme Court and was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.

"Amy is an outstanding professor, scholar and colleague. She would be an excellent judge," Nell Jessup Newton, dean and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, said.

She and her husband, Jesse Barrett, have seven children.


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