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AMY Coney Barrett is an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.

She was born in New Orleans on January 28, 1972. She married Jesse M. Barrett in 1999 and they have seven children – Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet and Benjamin.

Barrett received a BA from Rhodes College in 1994 and a JD from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. She served as a law clerk for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1997 to 1998, and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1998 term.

After two years in private law practice in Washington, D.C., she became a law professor, joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School in 2002. She was appointed a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017.

President Donald J. Trump nominated her as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat on October 27, 2020. On Barrett’s maternal grandfather’s side, her great great grandfather, Patrick Lawrence Dunn, was born in Co. Wicklow in 1845. Her great great great grandmother, Marguerite Kelly, was born in Ireland in 1820 (county unknown). On her maternal grandmother’s side, her great great great grandmother, Bridget O’Shea, was born in 1835 in Co. Tipperary.

Barrett has also researched her paternal Irish roots. Her great great grandparents, Terrance McAdam and Margaret Fitzpatrick, were from Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan. They immigrated to New Orleans in 1877.





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