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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to Speak at Thunderbird

September 24, 2012

First woman to serve on the Supreme Court will share reflections on her life, career and current pursuits

On Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will visit Thunderbird School of Global Management to share reflections on her life, career, and current pursuits with students, faculty and invited guests.

Former President Ronald Reagan nominated Justice O’Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the first woman ever to hold that position. She took her seat on the Supreme Court September 25, 1981 and retired 24 years later on January 31, 2006.

Justice O’Connor has been a pioneering force in Arizona for many decades. From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona. She served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965–1969. She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was reelected twice. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals.

In 2009, her former home was moved to Tempe brick by brick. When construction was complete, the O’Connor House opened with a mission, “To continue Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy of solving important social, economic, and political problems through civil talk leading to civic action.”

Members of the media are asked to contact Virginia Mungovan at 602-978-7081 or virginia.mungovan@thunderbird.edu  if they are planning to cover the event. Media may report on Justice O’ Connor’s speech, however, no interviews will be granted.

Thunderbird’s campus is on the southeast corner of 59th Avenue and Greenway Road. The presentation will be in the AT&T Auditorium in the Herberger Administration Building.

The event is not open to the general public.