Remembering Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Written by National Association of Women Judges|December 01, 2023|News


Dear Members and Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of a trailblazer, a pioneer, and a distinguished member of the judiciary, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Her departure leaves a void that resonates not only within the legal community but throughout the nation. As we reflect on her remarkable contributions, we are reminded of the profound impact she had on the legal landscape, particularly in breaking barriers for women in the field of law.

Justice O'Connor's historic appointment to the Supreme Court in 1981 marked a pivotal moment in the history of our judiciary. She shattered the glass ceiling, becoming the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in the United States. Throughout her illustrious career, Justice O'Connor demonstrated unwavering dedication to justice, fairness, and the rule of law.

As members of the National Association of Women Judges, we stand on the shoulders of giants like Justice O'Connor, who paved the way for the countless women who now serve as judges across the nation. Her legacy extends beyond her groundbreaking achievements, encompassing a commitment to equality, integrity, and a tireless pursuit of justice for all.

During this somber time, let us come together as a community to honor and celebrate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's life and legacy. Let us draw inspiration from her trailblazing spirit and continue the important work of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Justice O'Connor's family, friends, and colleagues. May her memory serve as a beacon of inspiration for generations of jurists to come.

NAWJ President
Hon. Karen Sage

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