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October 14, 2020

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

All of us have met or have had the privilege to know a brilliant person or two.  I have (and more than two), but never have I witnessed anyone as brilliant as the current nominee to the Supreme Court.  At her hearing before the Senators – all armed with notes on law and cases – and their understanding of her positions on various cases – notes prepared for the senators by their full-time staffers – Amy Coney Barrett’s detailed knowledge of every issue raised and her unfailing good judgement and demeanor – all without a single note or electronic aid of any sort, was like witnessing a miracle.  What total recall.  What incisive intellect.  What poise.  What a fine person.

As for temperament, she’s got it!  She comes across not only as brilliant, but cordial and warm as well.  One of the senators noted that some of her children were in attendance at the hearing and asked how could they be so well-behaved, to which Judge Barrett responded, “They know I’ve got eyes in the back of my head…”

Those who watched Amy at the hearings now know that in addition to being a brilliant attorney, a good Catholic, and so much more, she is also the excellent parent we all wished we’d had.  Without a doubt she will be a shining example on our highest court.  If you haven’t watched so far, do so.  It is a genuine pleasure.

Old Frank

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