Amy Coney Barrett

Reshaping the Supreme Court

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 2020, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett became the fifth woman to serve on the country’s highest court.

The daughter of a lawyer and a high school teacher, Coney Barrett grew up with an interest in the law. Her parents and teachers encouraged her and taught her that girls could do anything boys could do. Coney Barrett has carried that lesson with her throughout her life.

After earning a bachelor of arts degree in English literature in 1994, Coney Barrett attended Notre Dame Law School. She graduated in 1997 and clerked for Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Coney Barrett and Scalia shared a conservative judicial philosophy. She went on to work in private practice and as an assistant professor at Notre Dame. In 2017, Coney Barrett became a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Three years later, President Donald Trump nominated Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Explore the life and career of the newest member of the highest court in the United States.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2021-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007070, JNF030000, JNF007120
Dewey 347.73/2634
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1010
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Source notes, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Author: Heather E. Schwartz

When Heather E. Schwartz was thirteen years old, she tracked down several lead orphans from the 1983 movie "Annie" and interviewed them by phone. As an adult, she realized she could apply those same early instincts to a career as a journalist and writer. She is the author of more than 35 nonfiction children's titles, published by Lerner Publishing Group, Capstone Press, Teacher Created Materials, Lucent Books, and Tangerine Press, a Scholastic imprint. She has written articles for National Geographic Kids and Discovery Girls. In addition, she developed the content for, the juvenile section of the Arthritis Foundation's website. Other credits in the children's market include articles for Teen, Girls' Life, and All About You magazines. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz is a former editor at Bridal Guide magazine, co-author of Bridal Guide Magazine's How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Gown (Warner, 2004), and contributor to The Takeout Cookbook (Knock Knock 2007).

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