Amy Coney Barrett
Last updated 10/19/2020 at 2:48pm
As senior partner in a large Washington, D.C., national Top 200 Law Firm, I was surrounded by the “best of the best” in the lawyers our firm hired. We hired the first in their law school classes, their law review editors, federal law clerks, and so on. We made many of them partners. I would work with them; they would work for me. It was a lawyer’s joy to mentor them and to learn from them. That is background for what follows.
Now that I am 88 and long retired, I watched most of the Barrett hearings and was blown away by Judge Barrett’s incredible intellect and composure. I teared up often when she talked about what it means to wear the black robe of a judge.
Her patient professional explanations to senators about the law can stand as an easily understandable civics lesson to all Americans. It was marvelous and should be an object lesson to all bright young women. Justice Ginsberg would have been very proud of her, as am I.