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Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, speaking during a panel discussion titled “The Future of the Past: Stare Decisis,” at The Federalist Society’s 2018 National Lawyers Convention, held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2018. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court spurred a tsunami of comments within the legal profession, presaging what likely will be a contentious confirmation fight.

Barrett, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was officially nominated Saturday to fill a seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett’s selection, with nearly a month left until the presidential election, is sure to lead to a testy Senate confirmation hearing since she would cement a 6-3 Republican-appointed majority.

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