She would be the first mother of school-aged children to serve on the Supreme Court.
After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence Silberman and as a clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. During both clerkships, she was the only female law clerk.
She then practiced law for three years in DC.
She taught federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation at Notre Dame Law School and she has been published in numerous journals.
In 2017, she was confirmed as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
She was named “Distinguished Professor of the Year” three separate years at Notre Dame.
She describes herself as an “originalist,” meaning she bases her rulings on what she believes was the original intent of the Constitution’s authors.
She and her husband have seven kids (five biological, two adopted from Haiti). Her youngest child has Down Syndrome.
I’m hoping and praying that the confirmation process will be conducted with class, dignity and respect. As a transracial adoptive mom myself, seeing the attacks on this woman for choosing to adopt two children from Haiti has devastated me.
America, this is our chance to show that we can hold opinions and philosophies that disagree with each other without bullying, slandering, and character assassination. Let’s show our kids how to engage thoughtfully and considerately. They’re watching.