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American Bar Association Rates Amy Coney Barrett ‘Well Qualified’

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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local

The American Bar Association says Judge Amy Coney Barrett is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

The group says its evaluation is based on “the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament” according to US News.

The “well-qualified” status wasn’t unanimous; the letter says a majority of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary determined that Barrett is “Well Qualified.” A minority is of the opinion Barrett is “Qualified” to serve.

What is the American Bar Association?

American Bar Association (ABA), is a voluntary association of American lawyers and judges. The ABA was founded in 1878, and by the late 20th century it had about 375,000 members. Its headquarters are in Chicago, Ill.

For the past 67 years, the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has conducted comprehensive peer reviews of the professional qualifications of federal judicial nominees, including all 34 U.S Supreme Court nominees. 

In a statement, the ABA says, “While it is important to fill any vacancy to the Supreme Court in a timely manner, the Senate process of advice and consent must allow adequate time for thorough consideration of the nomination of Barrett and must not be rushed due to partisan considerations.”

What is The Next Step in The Nomination Process?

The ABA says, “Following today’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary will immediately start its independent, nonpartisan peer evaluation of the nominee.”

“The ABA Standing Committee will proceed as expeditiously as possible to complete this process in a thorough and fair manner.”

The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election Day.

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