Barrett goes from Teaching Justice to Associate Justice
Determined and respected, the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate Justice of the Supreme Court, has left colossal shoes to fill, regarding law and feminist work, by the Trump appointed replacement, Amy Coney Barrett.
The Notre Dame law school alumna has been teaching since 2002 and serving on the U.S. court of appeals since October 2017. Barrett is most likely known for her clerk work under Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. However, while her past clerk experience under Scalia defines a bit of her political views, her more current rulings and opinions paint a bigger picture.
Quite a bit of her teaching has been with evidence, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. This history held solid when Barrett voted against the removal of a law in Indiana regarding a statute requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains back in 2018.
A letter by a former law clerk for Barrett wrote that, “Judge Barrett taught us that a good judge will not always like the results she reaches; a good judge goes wherever the law leads.”
However, some worry that Barrett’s devout faith could interfere with impartial judging. A practicing Catholic, Barrett did face criticism for her wording about her feelings on the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case, along with others, saying that if confirmed she would follow the law as it would be required of her.
At the confirmation hearing Barrett said that, “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches, elected by and accountable to the people.” Hopefully, Barrett will stand by her statement on accountability. Her passiveness in support of some landmark human rights cases has left some questioning her ability to separate church from state.
Barrett, in regards to her legislative stance, said, “Courts have a vital responsibility to the rule of law, which is critical to a free society, but courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” at the confirmation hearings.
Only time will tell just how Barrett upholds the Constitution and lives up to the reputation of her predecessor in her place in the Supreme Court.