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Sandra Day O’Connor Fast Facts




It seems: Harry A. Day, rancher

Sea: Ada Mae (Wilkey), rancher

Weddings: John Jay O’Connor III (1952-2009, his death)

Children: Scott, Brian and Jay

Education: Stanford University, Bachelor of Economics, 1950, graduated magna cum laude; Stanford School of Law, LL.B, 1952

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In law school, she was part of the Stanford Law Review and was third in her class.

He graduated from law school in two years.

An advocate of judicial restraint. In his confirmation hearings, he said, “Judges are not only not allowed to perform executive or legislative functions, but they are also ill-equipped to do so.”

In retirement, O’Connor has campaigned in the United States to abolish the election of judges, believing that a system of merit leads to a more qualified and uncontaminated judicial system.


1952-1953 – Deputy County Attorney in San Mateo, California.

1955-1957- She works as a civil lawyer for the Quartermaster Corps in Germany, while her husband works in the body of the attorney general of the military corps.

1959He opened a law firm in Maryvale, Arizona.

1965-1969Arizona Attorney General.

1969Appointed to fill a vacancy in the Arizona Senate.

1970 – Elected to the Arizona Senate.

1972 – Re-elected to the Arizona Senate and elected majority leader. She is the first woman to hold this position in any state.

1975-1979Judge of the Superior Court of Maricopa County.

1979-1981 Arizona Court of Appeals Judge.

August 19th 1981 – Formally appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, to occupy the seat of retired Judge Potter Stewart.

September 21, 1981 – Confirmed by the United States Senate.

September 25, 1981 – Jury as first female judge of the United States Supreme Court.

1982 – She writes an opinion that invalidates a women-only enrollment policy at a Mississippi state nursing school because it “tends to perpetuate the stereotypical view of nursing as an all-female job.” Mississippi University for Women, et al., V. Hogan

October 21, 1988 – He is operated on for breast cancer after being diagnosed earlier this year.

1996 – He writes majority opinion in a 5-4 decision to restrict affirmative action policies and voting districts that are created to increase the political power of minorities. Shaw against Reno
1999 – He writes the majority opinion of the opinion in the resolution of sexual harassment 5-4 which says that public school districts that receive federal funds can be held responsible when they are “deliberately indifferent” to the harassment of a student by another. Aurelia Davis v. Monroe County, Bd. of Ed
2000 – Vote with a majority in a 5-4 decision overturning state laws banning the medical procedure that critics call “partial birth.” abortion. Stenberg v. Carhart
December 2000 – Votes in the majority to end the count in Florida that leads to George W. Bush becoming president of the United States. O’Connor i Anthony M. Kennedy they are the only judges who do not attach their name to any concordant or dissenting opinion in the case. Bush vs. Gore

January 31, 2006 He retires from the Supreme Court.

2008 – He develops the website, OurCourts, which will later be converted iCivics, a free program for students to learn about the U.S. judicial system. It allows students to investigate and argue real cases and participate in realistic government simulations.
July 30, 2009 – He is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
February 25, 2014 – Releases the book “Out of order” which is based on the Supreme Court and its history.
October 23, 2018 – Write to letter revealing that he has been diagnosed with the “early stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease.”

July 19, 2019 – O’Connor’s former home is listed in the National Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places. The adobe house built by O’Connor and her husband in 1958 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, moved to Tempe, Arizona, in 2009. It is home to the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.