The Honorable Amy St. Eve Speaks to Political Science Students
On Friday, November 9, the Honorable Amy St. Eve spoke to approximately 100 political science students in Loyola’s Marillac Room. Judge St. Eve discussed her work as a newly confirmed judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the role and function of the federal courts, the judicial confirmation process and more.
Judge St. Eve carefully explained the differences between the three levels of the U.S. Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the District Court to which she was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2002. At 36, she was the youngest individual at the time to serve as a federal judge and spent the next 16 years presiding over 125 complex civil and criminal cases. “I encountered a wide range of things and that made the job really interesting,” she said humorously. “I don’t need to watch CSI, I could write it!”
She described the confirmation process for the District Court in 2002 and then again for the Appellate Court to which she was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in February 2018 and confirmed after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Spring 2018. “This confirmation process had more questions and tougher questions,” said Judge St. Eve. “The Appellate Court reviews what the District Court did and usually has the last word. That’s why the President and Senate are involved.”
For Loyola’s political science students, Judge St. Eve’s visit was a inside look into a notable career in law to which many current Ramblers aspire. Guest speakers like Judge St. Eve offer a unique opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom.