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Sandra Day O'Connor: Her Life and Legacy: Publications

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.




 Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court (2013)



Finding Susie (2009)



Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change (2007)   



Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential (2005)



Chico (2005)



The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice‚Äč (2003)



Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest (2002)


The Life of the Law: Principles of Logic and Experience From the United States (The Gauer Distinguished Lecture in Law and Public Policy, Volume V) (1995)


Dean Toni M. Massaro – A Tribute. 51 Ariz. L. Rev. 253 (2009).


A Distinguished Path in Public Service. 84 NYU L. Rev. 662 (2009). 

Fair and Independent Courts. 137 Daedalus 8 (2008).

Sandra Day O’Connor & RonNell Andersen Jones. Reflections on Arizona’s Judicial Selection Process, 50 Ariz. L. Rev. 15 (2008).

Judicial Accountability Must Safeguard, Not Threaten, Judicial Independence: An Introduction. 86 Den. U. L. Rev. 1 (2008).

Balancing security, democracy, and human rights in an age of terrorism. 47 Col. J. Transnat’l L. 6 (2008).

How to Save Our Courts, Parade Mag. Feb 24, 2008.  

Response.(Looking Backward, Looking Forward: The Legacy of Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice O'Connor). 58 Stan. L. Rev. 1673 (2006).

We Need a Clear Set of Rules to Reaffirm Our Values as a Nation. 56 Army Mag. 9 (2006).

Remembering Rehnquist. 31 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 5 (2006).

In Memoriam: William H. Rehnquist, 119 Harv. L. Rev 3 (2005 -2006).

Dedication of the Eric E. Hotung International Law center building: Keynote Address. 36 Geo. J. Int’l L. 651 (2005).

Roots and Branches: The Collegial Intellect of a Chief Justice, 42 Arizona Attorney 12 (2005).

Music and the law.(Centennial Celebration in 2005) (Commemorating the Centennial of the James R. Browning United States Courthouse, San Francisco, California, 1905-2005). 18 West. Legal Hist. 41 (2005).

Bridge to Public Service. It’s Up to Civil Servants to Tell Young People About the Great Opportunity to Change Lives and the Nation, 36 Government Executive 79 (2004).

Professionalism: The Commitment and Dedication to Making a Difference, 27-Apr. Wyoming Law. 12 (2004).

Dedication: Lending Light to Countless Lamps: A Tribute to Judge Norma Levy Shapiro, 152 U. Pa. L. Rev 1 (2003-2004).

William Howard Taft and the importance of unanimity. 28 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 157 (2003).

Vindicating the Rule of Law: The Role of the Judiciary, 2 Chinese J. Int’l L. 1 (2003).

Foreword, 35 Stud. Transnat’l Legal Pol’y xix (2003).

Professionalism: remarks at the dedication of the University of Oklahoma's Law School Building and Library, 2002. 55 Ok. L. Rev. 197 (2002).

Copyright law from an American perspective. 37 Irish Jurist. 16 (2002).

Altered states: federalism and devolution at the "real" turn of the millennium.(Inaugural Sir David Williams Lecture). 60 Cam. L. J. 493 (2001).

The Supreme Court and the Family, 3 U. Penn. J. Const. L. 573 (2001).

Courthouse dedication: Justice O'Connor reflects on Arizona's judiciary. 43 Ariz. L. Rev. 1 (2001).

The Legal Status of Women: The Journey Toward Equality, 15 J.L. & Religion 29 (2000-2001).

A tribute to Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) (includes 9 testimonials). 56 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 4 (1999).

Room for Improvement, 28 Student Law. 23 (1999).

Broadening Our Horizons: Why American Lawyers Must Learn About Foreign Law, 45 Federal Law. 20 (1998).

On Federalism: Preserving Strong Federal and State Governments, 35 Ct. Rev. 4 (1998).

Professionalism. 76 Wash. U. L. Q. 5 (1998).

Lessons from the Third Sovereign: Indian Tribal Courts, 33 Tulsa L. J. 1 (1997/1998).

A tribute: Dean Ronald F. Phillips, twenty-seven years of leadership, wisdom, and devotion. (includes 23 testimonials). 24 Pepperdine L. Rev. 1170 (1997).

Religious freedom: America's quest for principles. 48 North. Ireland Legal Q. 1 (1997).

Juries: They May be Broken, But We Can Fix Them, 44 Federal Law. 20 (1997).

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Warren E. Burger, 22 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 7 (1996).

The history of the women's suffrage movement. 49 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 657 (1996).

The life of the law: principles of logic and experience from the United States. 1996 Wisc. L. Rev 1 (1996).

Commentary (Organization of Justice in the Twenty-First Century), 40 St. Louis U. L. J. 1063 (1995/1996).

In memoriam: Warren E. Burger: Reflections of a Colleague. 74 Tex. L. Rev. X (1995).

Federalism of free nations.(The Interaction between National Courts and International Tribunals). 28 NYU J. Int’l L. & Pol. 35 (1995).

Eulogy for the Honorable Warren E. Burger Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States. 37 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 9 (1995).

The Role of Technology in the Legal Profession, 20 Law Practice Management 24 (1994).

Foreword: First Women: The Contribution of American Women to the Law, 28 Val. U. L. Rev. xvii (1993-1994).

The Quality of Justice, 67 So. Ca. L. Rev. 759 (1993/1994).

They often are half obscure: the rights of the individual and the legacy of Oliver W. Holmes. 29 San Diego L. Rev. 385 (1992).

Keynote address. (Conference on Compelling Government Interests: The Mystery of Constitutional Analysis). 55 Albany L. Rev. 535 (1992).

Habeas corpus and judicial federalism: some thoughts on finality, comity, and error correction. 1992 Pub. Interest L. Rev. 3 (1992).

Meeting the demand for pro bono services. 2 B. U. Pub. Interest L. J. 1 (1992).

In tribute: Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. 1992 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 9 (1992).


Thurgood Marshall: The Influence of a Raconteur, 44 Stand L. Rev. 1217 (1991-1992).

Portia's progress. (Centennial Celebration: A Tradition of Women in the Law). 66 NYU L. Rev. 1546 (1991).

Managing Courts in Changing Times, 63 NY ST. B. J. 8 (1991).    

Supreme Court Justices from Georgia, 1 Ga. J. So. Legal Hist. 395 (1991).

He Left His Mark. 10 Wm. Mitch. Mag. 12 (1991). 

Foreword: The Establishment Clause and Endorsement of Religion, 8 J.L. & Religion 1 (1990).

The Judiciary Act of 1789 and the American judicial tradition. 59 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1 (1990).

Establishing Justice. 1988 Sup. Ct. Hist. Soc. Yearbook. 5 (1988).

A Tribute to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. 101 Harv. L. Rev 395 (1987).

Reflections on Preclusion of Judicial Review in England and the United States, 27 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 643 (1985-1986).

Foreword: The Changing Role of the Circuit Justice, 17 U. Tol L. Rev. 521 (1985-1986).

Introduction: achievements of women in the legal profession. 57 NY St. B. J. 8 (1985)

Legal education and social responsibility. 53 Fordham L. Rev. 659 (1985).

The moral role of the lawyer. (Address at Fordham University Law School Dedication, Oct. 24, 1984). 19 Law Soc. Gazette 28 (1985).          
Our judicial federalism. 35 Case West. Res. L. Rev. 1 (1984).

Foreword. (to Commemorative Edition: 75th Anniversary of New England School of Law). 18 New Eng. L. Rev. ix (1983).

Professional competence and social responsibility: fulfilling the Vanderbilt vision. 36 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (1983).

Trends in the Relationship Between the Federal and State Courts from the Perspective of a State Court Judge, 22 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 801 (1980-1981).

Portions of a Work

Lessons from the Third Sovereign: Indian Tribal Courts, in Navajo Nation Peacemaking: Living Traditional Justice. (Marianne O. Nielsen, ed., University of Arizona Press, 2005).

Foreword,” in Rugged Justice: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the American West, 1891-1941. (David C. Frederick, University of California Press, 1994).

Testing Government Action: The Promise of Federalism, in Public Values In Constitutional Law 35 (Stephen E. Gottlieb ed., 1993).

George Mason – His Lasting Influence, in George Mason and the Legacy of Constitutional Liberty: An Examination of the Influence of George Mason on the American Bill of Rights. (Donald J. Senese and Edward W. Chester, eds.,Fairfax County History Commission, 1989).

...the weavings of individual threads

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.

- Sandra Day O'Connor

So give freely of yourself always...

It is the individual who can and does make a difference even in this increasingly populous, complex world of ours. The individual can make things happen. It is the individual who can bring a tear to my eye and then cause me to take pen in hand. It is the individual who has acted or tried to act who will not only force a decision but also have a hand in shaping it. Whether acting in the legal, governmental, or private realm, one concerned and dedicated person can meaningful affect what some consider an uncaring world. So give freely of yourself always to your family, your friends, your community, and your country. The world will pay you back many times over. 

- Sandra Day O'Connor, The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice