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First Blind SCOTUS Clerk: Barrett Solves Problems Quietly

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By    |   Friday, 16 October 2020 01:36 PM

Laura Wolk, the first blind woman to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk, said Friday that she's not sure what her law professor Amy Coney Barrett did to help her while she was her student, but that's just how the Supreme Court nominee is. 

"That's how Judge Barrett is with everyone," Wolk said on Fox News "Fox and Friends" the day after she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of Barrett. "She just finds problems and will silently take care of them, not really looking for any accolades or anything from it. It's just the right thing to do."

Wolk said that the "beauty of it" is that she knows no more than that Barrett took care of her needs behind the scenes and helped her get the technology she needed to succeed along with sighted students. 

"The issue was, if I had done it myself, it would have taken a much longer period of time," Wolk said. "In law school, especially your first semester, every day that you are not able to study and keep up is just a huge obstacle, so the fact that she was able to get it taken care of within a matter of days instead of maybe up to a month, definitely saved my first semester and put me on this track. I don't think that I would be where I am in my career right now if I hadn't had a strong start at Notre Dame."

She said she wanted to testify because Democrat senators were alleging that Barrett "does not care."

"It's just not true," said Wolk. "I witnessed that and so many other people have witnessed it. In class, she specifically took the time to make sure that we read about the stories of litigants involved in court cases. I don't think there are many professors who make their students learn the names of and life histories of some people who have been very seriously impacted by Supreme Court decisions if they don't care. So, that was why I felt like I needed to speak yesterday."

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Laura Wolk, the first blind woman to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk, said Friday that she's not sure what her law professor Amy Coney Barrett did to help her while she was her student, but that's just how the Supreme Court nominee is. "That's how Judge Barrett is with everyone...
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