WASHINGTON, D.C., October 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Laura Wolk, the nation’s first blind law clerk at the Supreme Court, praised SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett for her personal investment as a professor at the University of Notre Dame, making sure Wolk was able to succeed. Barrett’s “brilliance is matched only by her compassion, and her integrity is unassailable,” Wolk said during the confirmation hearings.
Before becoming a law clerk, Wolk studied law at Notre Dame, where she had requested from the university assistance technology to keep up with sighted students and to help her navigate law school.
Because of “bureaucratic glitches” preventing her from getting the requested technology, Wolk quickly started falling behind. A few weeks into law school, Wolk decided to approach her professor, Amy Coney Barrett. She exuded warmth, so Wolk felt hopeful about coming to her with her concerns.
In an essay titled What I Learned from Amy Coney Barett, Wolk recalled, “Although I had known her for only two weeks, I felt confident that this poised, articulate woman would not dismiss my concerns and would counsel me on how to get the university to procure the needed assistive technology as quickly as possible.”
According to Wolk’s testimony last Thursday, Barrett listened to her intently and then made it her personal responsibility to get to the bottom of the problem. Wolk had kept low expectations and was only anticipating getting directed to further channels or resources that would delay her with more bureaucracy. But Barrett surprised her.
“Judge Barrett did something altogether different,” Wolk explained. “She silently listened with deep attention as I explained my situation, giving me the freedom to let my guard down and come apart.”
“I poured out all my concerns, not just about technology and my worries about failing classes, but all the burdens I currently carried as a disabled woman navigating a brand-new environment,” she continued.
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PETITION UPDATE (10/26//2020)
In a resounding victory for supporters of life, family and freedom, the U.S. Senate has just confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States!
Justice Barrett was sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas and will swiftly fill the vacant seat and immediately begin participating in Supreme Court hearings.
The petitions signed by many of you - there are now over 40,000 signatures - supporting Judge Amy Coney Barrett were sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as to the Officers of the USCCB.
Thank you for signing these petitions. As you can see, your signature really does make a difference!
We also know that many of you also made calls to your U.S. senators to encourage them to vote for Judge Barrett. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (10/22/2020)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, leaving only one hurdle to go next week.
Every Republican on the committee voted for Barrett, President Donald Trump’s selection to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while every committee Democrat boycotted the vote, CNBC reports.
Please READ the latest LifeSite article about the Senate Committee's vote here.
As you read above, Judge Barrett has one more hurdle next Monday. Of course, it's the BIGGEST hurdle.
So, if you haven't already, could we ask you to please call your U.S. senators to politely voice your support for Judge Barrett?
After SIGNING this petition, please scroll down the page, where you will find the list of all U.S. senators' contact details.
Let's keep working and praying so that we can see a pro-life judge sit on the Supreme Court.
PETITION UPDATE (10/15/20)
The fourth day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing for the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is going on now.
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Conservatives and Christians asked President Trump to deliver a proven constitutional originalist with a solid pro-life background, and he did.
Now, let's not be outdone by Leftist organizations which will be mobilizing their forces to write, call and visit their senators' constituency offices.
Please SIGN this urgent petition - to Senate Leadership - asking them to quickly confirm Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice.
Then, please take a couple of minutes to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS using their numbers below, and politely urge them to confirm Barrett.
When Amy Coney Barrett's senate confirmation hearing begins on Monday, October 12th, the mother of seven and devout Catholic is expected to face fierce opposition.
Of course, the anticipated attacks have nothing to do with Barrett's legal credentials, which are uniformly top-notch.
Instead, they have to do with her faith in Jesus and with her belief that life begins at conception.
This is nothing short of anti-Christian bigotry which cannot be tolerated.
The fact is, Amy Coney Barrett is the best candidate for the job, and she urgently needs our support.
By signing the petition, we can unite to powerfully speak with one voice. But, by calling your senators, you can ensure that they know their local constituents are concerned and interested enough to telephone their offices.
This is our time to get active! We must voice our support for Amy Coney Barrett at this crucial moment in our nation's history.
Please SIGN this petition, and then please use the contact details below to CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS right-away! Thank you!
U.S. SENATORS' CONTACT DETAILS:
SENATORS AND PHONE NUMBERS - https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
Doug Jones – (202) 224-4124
Richard C. Shelby – (202) 224-5744
Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Dan Sullivan – (202) 224-3004
Martha McSally – (202) 224-2235
Kyrsten Sinema – (202) 224-4521
John Boozman – (202) 224-4843
Tom Cotton – (202) 224-2353
Dianne Feinstein – (202) 224-3841
Kamala D. Harris – (202) 224-3553
Michael F. Bennett – (202) 224-5852
Cory Gardner – (202) 224-5941
Richard Blumenthal – (202) 224-2823
Christopher Murphy – (202) 224-4041
Thomas R. Carper – (202) 224-2441
Christopher A. Coons – (202) 224-5042
Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041
Rick Scott – (202) 224-5274
Kelly Loeffler – (202) 224-3643
David Perdue – (202) 224-3521
Mazie K. Hirono – (202) 224-6361
Brian Schatz – (202) 224-3934
Mike Crapo – (202) 224-6142
James E. Risch – (202) 224-2752
Dick Durbin – (202) 224-2152
Tammy Duckworth – (202) 224-2854
Mike Braun – (202) 224-4814
Todd Young – (202) 224-5623
Joni Ernst – (202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3774
Jerry Moran – (202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts – (202) 224-4744
Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541
Rand Paul – (202) 224-4343
Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824
John Kennedy – (202) 224-4623
Susan M. Collins – (202) 224-2523
Angus S. King – (202) 224-5344
Benjamin L. Cardin – (202) 224-4524
Chris Van Hollen – (202) 224-4654
Edward J. Markey – (202) 224-2742
Elizabeth Warren – (202) 224-4543
Gary C. Peters – (202) 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow – (202) 224-4822
Amy Klobuchar – (202) 224-3244
Tina Smith – (202) 224-5641
Cindy Hyde-Smith – (202) 224-5054
Roger F. Wicker – (202) 224-6253
Roy Blunt – (202) 224-5721
Josh Hawley – (202) 224-6154
Steve Daines – (202) 224-2651
Jon Tester – (202) 224-2644
Deb Fischer – (202) 224-6551
Ben Sasse – (202) 224-4224
Catherine Cortez Masto – (202) 224-3542
Jacky Rosen – (202) 224-6244
Margaret Wood Hassan – (202) 224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen – (202) 224-2841
Cory A. Booker – (202) 224-3224
Robert Menendez – (202) 224-4744
Martin Heinrich – (202) 224-5521
Tom Udall – (202) 224-6621
Kirsten E. Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451
Charles E. Schumer – (202) 224-6542
Richard Burr – (202) 224-3154
Thom Tillis – (202) 224-6342
Kevin Cramer – (202) 224-2043
John Hoeven – (202) 224-2551
Sherrod Brown – (202) 224-2315
Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
James M. Inhofe – (202) 224-4721
James Lankford – (202) 224-5754
Jeff Merkley – (202) 224-3753
Ron Wyden – (202) 224-5244
Robert P. Casey, Jr. – (202) 224-6324
Patrick J. Toomey, Jr. – (202) 224-4254
Jack Reed – (202) 224-4642
Sheldon Whitehouse – (202) 224-2921
Lindsey Graham – (202) 224-5972
Tim Scott – (202) 224-6121
Mike Rounds – (202) 224-5842
John Thune – (202) 224-2321
Lamar Alexander – (202) 224-4944
Marsha Blackburn – (202) 224-3344
John Cornyn – (202) 224-2934
Ted Cruz – (202) 224-5922
Mike Lee – (202) 224-5444
Mitt Romney – (202) 224-5251
Patrick J. Leahy – (202) 224-4242
Bernard Sanders – (202) 224-5141
Tim Kaine – (202) 224-4024
Mark R. Warner – (202) 224-2023
Maria Cantwell – (202) 224-3441
Patty Murray – (202) 224-2621
Shelley Moore Capito – (202) 224-6472
Joe Manchin III – (202) 224-3954
Tammy Baldwin – (202) 224-5653
Ron Johnson – (202) 224-5323
John Barrasso – (202) 224-6441
Michael B. Enzi – (202) 224-3424
“When I finished, Judge Barrett leaned forward and looked at my intently. ‘Laura,’ she said with the same measured conviction that we have seen displayed throughout her entire nomination process, ‘this is no longer your problem. It’s my problem.”
“I can’t capture adequately the relief that washed over me at her words,” Wolk said. “Anyone who has interacted with her knows that she is a woman of her word. She means what she says and she says what she means. When she promised to advocate for me, she commanded my trust.”
To this day, Wolk does not know exactly what Barrett did to solve her problem — which further attests to Barrett’s humility, Wolk believes. The technology was made available to her shortly afterwards. As a result, Wolk credits Barrett for being partly responsible for her success and for being the first blind law clerk at the Supreme Court, working for Justice Clarence Thomas.
“It is now my immense privilege to appear before you in support of Judge Barrett's nomination to that same great institution,” Wolk explained.
“Should you confirm Amy Barret, the country will receive something far greater than simply an unparalleled legal mind. It will gain the service of one of the kindest individuals I have ever known. Her brilliance is matched only by her compassion, and her integrity is unassailable.”
According to Wolk, her story is “hardly unique. Those who have had the benefit of knowing Amy Coney Barrett understand that she possesses a boundless font of energy and a radical sense of love that she is ever ready to pour out upon those lucky enough to call her teacher, boss, family, and friend.”
“Judge Barrett will serve this country with distinction,” Wolk is convinced, “not only because of her intellectual prowess, but also because of her ability to treat everyone as an equal deserving of complete respect.”
“As a beneficiary of both of these qualities I urge you to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States,” she concluded.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination on Thursday at 1 pm ET. The full Senate will then debate the nomination, expecting to hold a final vote next Monday.