American Judges Association


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Court Review, Volume 54, Issue 4 (2018)


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Hafa adai (greetings) colleagues and Court Review readers!

In this column, we celebrate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court after President Ronald Reagan nominated her in 1981. Often inhabiting the ideological center, O’Connor cast pivotal votes on controversial issues, was referred to in a 2001 New York Times article by Jeffrey Rosen “as the most powerful woman in America,” and was awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama in 2009. Sandra Day O’Connor, according to Chief Justice John Roberts, is “a towering figure in the history of the United States and indeed the world [and] is a role model not only for girls and women but for all those committed to equal justice under law.”