The Legacy of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

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On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice.

September 25. 2018: Governor Doug Ducey signed a proclamation making it Sandra Day O’Connor Day. The day-long celebration included constitution law presentations, roundtable discussions, and first-hand recollections of the state’s most famous member of the judiciary.

On March 24, 2020, HB 2625 was signed into law in Arizona by Governor Doug Ducey, creating Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Celebration Day on September 25th of each year.

Sandra Day O'Connor being sworn in in front of two people and books

“It’s all right to be the first to do something, but I didn’t want to be the last woman on the Supreme Court,” 

-Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Podcast with Sarah Suggs, President, and CEO of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy

Podcast Episode: The Legacy of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with Sarah Suggs

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