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Amy Coney Barrett, left, and Scott Palk, right.Amy Coney Barrett, left, and Scott Palk, right. (Courtesy photos)

The legal academy is well represented in President Donald Trump’s initial slate of federal judicial nominees, unveiled Monday.

Two of the 10 nominees to the lower federal courts are current law faculty members. Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, has been a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School since 2002 and graduated from the South Bend, Indiana, law school at the top of her class in 1997. Scott Palk is currently the assistant dean of students at his alma mater the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

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