The city of South Bend, Indiana is back in the headlines, and this time it’s not because its former mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is making the news. This time, its all about another resident — appeals court judge and law professor Amy Coney Barrett — who mainstream news outlets like NBC say will be President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the seat vacated through the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
While we know a bit about Amy Coney Barrett — that she was born and raised in New Orleans, and that she worked as a law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before she began teaching law at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame in 2002 — far less is known about her husband Jesse M. Barrett, who is also a lawyer who specializes in commercial litigation, internal investigations, and defense of white collar crime (via South Bank Legal).
Jesse Barrett is a former federal prosecutor
Jesse Barrett is an alum of both the University of Notre Dame (1996) and the Notre Dame Law School (1999), where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. Barrett worked on civil and criminal litigation at two national law firms before becoming a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Indiana for 13 years. There, he prosecuted white collar criminal cases before he returned to private practice as a partner for a law firm in South Bend (via University of Notre Dame).
Barrett is still very active in his alma mater — he is an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School where he teaches trial skills and criminal law. His bio also lists him as a coach for high school mock trials, and says his teams have won Indiana state tournaments, and have competed in national events (via South Bend Legal).
Amy Coney and Jesse Barrett are devout Catholics and are members of a controversial group called People of Praise which attracts Christians of all denominations. Together, they have seven children: four girls and three boys. Five are biological and two are adopted (via Newsweek).
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