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Sandra Day O'Connor Digital Library Launched
[March 05, 2020]

Sandra Day O'Connor Digital Library Launched

PHOENIX, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute today launched its comprehensive Digital Library which catalogs the life and work of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. For the first time, Justice O'Connor's body of work across her decades in public service is available in an easily accessible, searchable format. The O'Connor Institute is proud to launch this project to honor Justice O'Connor's 90th birthday on March 26 and in celebration of Women's History Month.

Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice O'Connor also made history serving in the Arizona State Senate as the first female majority leader of any state senate in the country. The Digital Library includes bills then-Senator O'Connor sponsored as well as the opinions she wrote while serving on the Arizona Court of Appeals several years later. The Digital Library also includes an index of the law review articles and op-eds the Justice published over the years, her Supreme Court opinions, speeches, videos, and a photo gallery. Additionally, the Library includes the opinions Justice O'Connor wrote as a visiting judge on the United States Court of Appeals after retiring from the Supreme Court.

Now anyone — from elementary school students to lawyers to interested members of the public — can access all of this information, right at their fingertips. Users can also view newspaper articles and a detailed timeline of the Justice's life.

The website will prove particularly useful for researchers and students studying the Supreme Court as a whole, since it also includes dedicated pages for all 15 Supreme Court justices alongside whom Justice O'Connor served. These pages list details about how each of these justices collaborated with Justice O'Connor, for instance any and all of her opinions that they joined. The website additionally offers information about the more than 100 law clerks who worked in Justice O'Connor's chambers at the Court.

"This is an invaluable resource.  It will be used by students, legal scholars and others for years to come," noted Myles Lynk, Professor Emeritus of Law at the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and now with the District of Columbia Courts' Office of Disciplinary Counsel. "I have gone online into the website and conducted a few sample searches. The results were all thorough and complete. And in the process, I learned even more information about Justice O'Connor and her life and work," he added.

The public is encouraged to log on and explore the many resources in the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute Digital Library, which is accessible from Institute's homepage, Its breadth and depth will serve as a significant resource befitting a true American icon and ensuring that the legacy of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is cataloged and available for future generations.

Donations to the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute are welcomed to ensure the ongoing sustainability of this project. To support the educational programs of the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute, please visit

About The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute
Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the O'Connor Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3), continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse.


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