PBS Newshour: Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Day 4)
Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Day 4)
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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On Thursday, at 9am Eastern, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary concludes a confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Barrett will not undergo questioning on the final day of the proceeding. Instead, the committee is hearing from several witnesses, most of whom support the nomination. Some, though, will testify in opposition.

Panel II
Mr. Randall D. Noel
Butler Snow, LLP
Memphis, TN

Ms. Pamela J. Roberts
Bowman and Brooke LLP
Columbia, SC

Panel III
Dr. Farhan Bhatti
Care Free Medical
Lansing, MI

The Honorable Thomas Griffith
Retired Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Washington, DC

Ms. Kristen Clarke
President and Executive Director
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC

Professor Saikrishna Prakash
James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA

Ms. Crystal Good
Charlseton, WV

Ms. Amanda Rauh-Bieri
Associate
Miller Canfield Grand Rapids, MI

Ms. Stacy Staggs
Little Lobbyists
Charlotte, NC

Ms. Laura Wolk
Washington, DC

Immediately following the confirmation hearing, the committee will hold an executive business meeting. Barrett’s nomination is on the agenda, meaning she could be advanced by a vote later on Thursday, cleaning her for final approval by the U.S. Senate in the coming days.

The Supreme Court opened its latest term on October 5. No Indian law cases are on the docket, though advocates are watching petitions in matters affecting tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and criminal jurisdiction.

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With President Donald Trump at her side, Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivers remarks at the White House on September 26, 2020. Photo by Andrea Hanks / White House

Barrett currently serves as a Senate-confirmed judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She was nominated to the bench by President Donald Trump in 2017.

Barrett lacks significant experience in Indian law. She has not written any decisions in cases affecting tribal rights.

“Such a limited record gives very little insight into how Judge Barrett thinks about Indian law issues, much less how a Justice Barrett might approach Indian law questions coming before the U.S. Supreme Court,” Joel Williams, a senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund wrote in an October 6 memo to tribal leaders.

Senate Committee on the Judiciary Notices
Nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Day 4) (October 15, 2020)
Executive Business Meeting (October 15, 2020)

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