Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s speeches to a little-known legal fellowship program run by a Christian nonprofit law firm are expected to provide fodder for Democrats opposing her Supreme Court nomination at next week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, The Washington Times has learned.
Liberals who want to question the effect of Judge Barrett’s faith on her actions without being accused of religious bigotry by conservatives are likely to zero in on her connection to the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship, according to sources with knowledge of the judicial confirmation process.
The fellowship is named for Sir William Blackstone, an English judge in the 18th century, and ADF’s program began in 2000. The Christian law firm’s program now involves a three-week training session in the summer featuring seminars on legal philosophy, constitutional law, history, and cultural issues, alongside a summer legal internship, according to its website.
As a law professor at Notre Dame, a Catholic institution, Judge Barrett addressed Blackstone