Barrett graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 1997 and returned to Notre Dame to become a distinguished law professor in 2002. She was known for her knowledge of federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. In 2017, President Trump nominated Barrett to a seat in the U.S. Court of Appeals covering Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin in the Seventh Circuit. In October 2017, Barrett was confirmed by a 55-43 vote.
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