The American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett the highest rating prior to her confirmation hearings which are slated to begin this week.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer previously referred to the ABA’s judicial ratings as “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.”
The ABA announced its rating of Barrett on Sunday evening in a letter to the Senate Judiciary chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
ABA Standing Committee chairman Randall Noel wrote, “The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the federal judiciary has completed its evaluation of the professional qualifications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated by the President to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”
He continued, “As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament. A substantial majority of the standing committee determined that Judge Barrett is ‘Well Qualified,’ and a minority is of the opinion that she is ‘Qualified’ to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. The majority rating represents the Standing Committee’s official rating.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold hearings over Barrett’s nomination from Monday until Thursday.
Barrett, 48, is a Notre Dame law professor and judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.