In 2014, Lawyers Club awarded Justice Sandra Day O'Connor the Icon Award.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Photo by Dane Penland, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
At a time when opportunities for female lawyers were virtually non-existent, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford University’s law school in 1952 after having served on the Board of Editors of Stanford Law Review. From 1952 to 1953, Justice O’Connor served as the San Mateo County’s Deputy County Attorney. She then served as a Civilian Attorney for Quartermaster Market Center in Frankfurt, Germany from 1954 to 1957, and moved into private practice in Maryvale, Arizona from 1958 to 1960. Justice O’Connor served as the Assistant Attorney General in Arizona beginning in 1965 until being appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969, where she was subsequently re-elected for two two-year terms, serving in the Arizona State Senate until 1975. During that time, she served as the Senate Majority leader from 1972-1975, and Chairman of the State, County and Municipal Affairs Committee in 1972 and 1973. She also had roles on the Probate Code Commission and on the Arizona Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations.
Since retiring from the bench, Justice
O’Connor continues to be active in community and civic organizations. She
currently serves as an Executive Board member of the ABA Central European and Eurasian
Law Initiative; member of the Board of Trustees for the Rockefeller Foundation;
Co-chair of the Heard Museum National Advisory Council; member of the Advisory
Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; member of the ABA
Commission on Civic Education and Separation of Powers; member of the Executive
Committee of the ABA Museum of the Law; member of the Advisory Commission of
the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress; member of the
Advisory Committee of the American Society of International Law, Judicial;
Co-chair of the National Advisory Council’s Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools;
and member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Center of Ethics. She also
formerly served in positions such as the Chancellor at the College of William