Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Colleagues Know Her As ‘A Brilliant Lawyer, A Genuine And Good Person’

Those Who Have Worked With Judge Barrett Say She Is ‘An Absolutely Brilliant Legal Scholar And Jurist,’ Who ‘Acts First And Foremost In Accord With The Law,’ And Her Students Laud Her As ‘The Paragon Of A Professor’ Who ‘Treats Every Person With Whom She Interacts With The Utmost Respect, Kindness, And Warmth’


Liberal Law Professor Noah Feldman, With Whom Judge Barrett Served As A Supreme Court Clerk: Judge ‘Barrett Is Highly Qualified,’ ‘A Brilliant And Conscientious Lawyer Who Will Analyze And Decide Cases In Good Faith,’ ‘I’m Going To Be Confident That Barrett Is Going To Be A Good Justice, Maybe Even A Great One’

NOAH FELDMAN, Liberal Harvard Law Professor: “[P]olitical judgments need to be distinguished from a separate question: what to think about Judge Amy Coney Barrett … And here I want to be extremely clear. Regardless of what you or I may think of the circumstances of this nomination, Barrett is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I disagree with much of her judicial philosophy … Yet despite this disagreement, I know her to be a brilliant and conscientious lawyer who will analyze and decide cases in good faith, applying the jurisprudential principles to which she is committed. Those are the basic criteria for being a good justice. Barrett meets and exceeds them.” (Noah Feldman, “Amy Coney Barrett Deserves to Be on the Supreme Court,” Bloomberg Opinion, 9/26/2020)

  • NOAH FELDMAN: “I got to know Barrett more than 20 years ago when we clerked at the Supreme Court during the 1998-99 term. Of the thirty-some clerks that year, all of whom had graduated at the top of their law school classes and done prestigious appellate clerkships before coming to work at the court, Barrett stood out. Measured subjectively and unscientifically by pure legal acumen, she was one of the two strongest lawyers.” (Noah Feldman, “Amy Coney Barrett Deserves to Be on the Supreme Court,” Bloomberg Opinion, 9/26/2020)


Notre Dame Law School Faculty And Leaders: ‘One Of The Most Popular Teachers We Have Ever Had Here At Notre Dame Law School,’ ‘A Principled, Careful Judge, Admired Legal Scholar And Amazing Teacher,’ And ‘A Person Of The Utmost Integrity Who, As A Jurist, Acts First And Foremost In Accord With The Law’

NOTRE DAME PRESIDENT REV. JOHN I. JENKINS, C.S.C:The same impressive intellect, character and temperament that made Judge Barrett a successful nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals will serve her and the nation equally well as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court… An alumna and a faculty member of Notre Dame Law School, Judge Barrett has epitomized the University’s commitment to teaching, scholarship, justice and service to society. She is a person of the utmost integrity who, as a jurist, acts first and foremost in accord with the law. I join her colleagues in the Law School and across the campus in congratulating her on the nomination, and wish her and her family well through what has become, sadly, a personally bruising confirmation process.” (Notre Dame, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

MARCUS COLE, Notre Dame’s Joseph A. Matson Dean of the Law School: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an absolutely brilliant legal scholar and jurist. She is also one of the most popular teachers we have ever had here at Notre Dame Law School. Judge Barrett is incredibly generous with her time and wisdom while mentoring her students. On a personal note, she is one of the most thoughtful, open-minded, considerate and kind people I have ever met. She lives a life of humility and grace, devoted to her family and community. Judge Barrett has served our nation with true distinction from the bench, and would continue to do so if she were confirmed to serve on our nation’s highest court.” (Notre Dame, Press Release, 9/26/2020)

STEPHEN YELDERMAN, Notre Dame Law Professor: “She’s mind-blowingly intelligent, and she’s also one of the most humble people you’re going to meet. Judge Barrett is the complete package.” (“Notre Dame Profs Push Back On Amy Coney Barrett Portrayals: Not Just ‘An Ideological Category,’” South Bend Tribune, 7/23/2020)

NICOLE STELLE GARNETT, Notre Dame Law Professor: “Yes, she is brilliant. And, yes, she is a principled, careful judge, admired legal scholar and amazing teacher. Her respect among her colleagues and students is reflected in the fact that she has been elected professor of the year three times by the law school’s graduating class and in letters of support for her nomination to the 7th Circuit, including ones signed by all of her full-time faculty colleagues at Notre Dame, all of her fellow Supreme Court clerks, hundreds of former students and dozens of prominent law professors from around the country.” (Nicole Stelle Garnett, Op-Ed, “I've Known Amy Coney Barrett For Over 20 Years. Her Intellect And Heart Are Unrivaled,” USA Today, 2/26/2020)

PAOLO CAROZZA, Notre Dame Law Professor: “[P]eople are reducing Amy to an ideological category instead of taking her for who she is: an intelligent, thoughtful, open-minded person.” (“Notre Dame Profs Push Back On Amy Coney Barrett Portrayals: Not Just ‘An Ideological Category,’” South Bend Tribune, 7/23/2020)


Judge Barrett’s Former Students: She Demonstrated ‘The Necessity Of Setting Personal Beliefs Aside When Evaluating The Answer To A Legal Question,’ ‘The Nation Could Not Ask For A More Qualified Candidate Than The Professor We Have Come To Know And Revere,’ ‘We Are Better Women, Friends, And Lawyers For Having Known And Learned From Her’

6 OF JUDGE BARRETT’S FORMER LAW STUDENTS: “We all have had the privilege of being Judge Barrett’s students. While we hold a variety of views regarding how best to interpret statutes and the Constitution, we all agree on this: The nation could not ask for a more qualified candidate than the professor we have come to know and revere.” (Alyson M. Cox, Mary K. Mangan, Megan L. McKeown, Sara A. McQuillen, Audrey A. Moeller, Laura E. Wolk, Op-Ed, “Amy Coney Barrett Was Our Professor. She'll Serve America As Well As She Served Her Students.,” USA Today, 9/27/2020)

KRISTA COX, Former Notre Dame Law Student: “I don’t think she was one to let her own political ideology or Catholicism tint or change the way she approached the law…. My interactions with her in the classroom are just that she was a brilliant legal mind, but she didn’t try to persuade someone to the correct political way to view this.” (“Notre Dame Profs Push Back On Amy Coney Barrett Portrayals: Not Just ‘An Ideological Category,’” South Bend Tribune, 7/23/2020)


Related Issues: Supreme Court, Judicial Nominations