Notre Dame faculty in open letter ask Barrett to 'halt' nomination process

Faculty members of the University of Notre Dame wrote a letter asking Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court low on political standing Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Are COVID-19 vaccine mandates a strategy to end the pandemic? MORE to “halt” her Supreme Court nomination process until after the November presidential election. 

In an open letter to Barrett, the faculty noted her nomination comes amid a tense 2020 election in which voters are already casting ballots.

More than 11 million ballots have been cast in the 2020 election, according to data from the United States Election Project.


The members noted the "rushed nature" of the nomination process, which "may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Court justice."

"You are not, of course, responsible for the anti-democratic machinations driving your nomination," the letter read before mentioning Senate Republicans' refusal to take up former President Obama's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHouse passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law Delta pushes for national 'no fly' list of unruly passengers after banning 1,600 from flights Democrats demand more action from feds on unruly airline passengers MORE during the 2016 presidential election.

The letter also stated that stopping the confirmation process now would fulfill Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgWhat would Justice Ginsburg say? Her words now part of the fight over pronouns Supreme Court low on political standing To infinity and beyond: What will it take to create a diverse and representative judiciary? MORE's dying wish to leave her seat on the bench open until after the November election.  

They pointed out that Barrett said Ginsburg was "a woman of enormous talent and consequence, whose life of public service serves as an example to us all" when her nomination was announced by President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE at the White House.

The faculty stated that the confirmation process will "further inflame our civic wounds, undermine confidence in the court, and deepen the divide among ordinary citizens."


None of the faculty members that signed on to the letter were from Notre Dame Law School, where Barrett was a professor and an alumna.

Barrett received the blessing of Notre Dame Law School on the day of her nomination and unanimous endorsements from all of her Notre Dame colleagues for her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. 

Confirmation hearings on Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court began on Monday.