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Sandra Day O'Connor: Her Life and Legacy: Named Places

On April 5, 2006, ASU Law was officially renamed the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. It was the first law school to be named after a woman.

Portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor by Michael Shane Neal commissioned by her law clerks. The portrait hangs in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona

I’m speechless. I’m also overwhelmed and greatly honored by having this law school named for me. There are about 190 law schools in the United States, almost four per state, two in the state of Arizona, and none of these many law schools until now named for a woman. That’s a big step for the law school to take and I am truly honored to have it bear my name.

 - Sandra Day O'Connor

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former Dean Trish White, and ASU President Michael M. Crow at the renaming celebration on November 17, 2006.

This law school is already a wonderful law school but what I want for it and what I see for it ahead is becoming a beacon among state university law schools throughout this country and I think it will. It’s gone a long way already.

- Sandra Day O'Connor