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Sandra Day O’CONNOR

Sandra Day O’CONNOR, Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court. Women of the Year, Phoenix Advert Club, 1973; Distinguished Achievement Award, Arizona State University, 1980; Distinguished Service Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1975.


  • O’CONNOR, Sandra Day was born on March 26, 1930 in El Paso, Texas, United States of America. Daughter of Harry A. Day and Ada Mae Day (née Wilkey).

  • Education

    • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts, 1950, Bachelor of Laws, 1952.


    • Deputy County Attorney, San Mateo County, California, 1952-1953. Civilian attorney. Frankfurt, Germany, 1954-1957. Referee. Juvenile Court, 1962-1965.

      Chair, Visitors Board, Maricopa County Juvenile Detention home, 1963-1964. Member, Maricopa County Board of Adjustments and Appeals, 1963-1964. Assistant Attorney-General, Arizona, 1965-1969.

      Member, Arizona Personnel Commission, 1968-1969. Arizona State Senator, 1969-1975. Chair, State, County and Municipal Affairs Committee, 1972-1973.

      Senate Majority Leader, 1972 and 1975. Member, Legislative Council, Probate Code Commission and Arizona Advisory Council on Inter-Government Relations. Chair, Committee to Re-organise the Lower Courts, Arizona Supreme Court, 1974-1975.

      Judge, Maricopa County Superior Court, 1975-1979. Arizona Court of Appeals, 1979-1981. Vice-Chair Select Law Enforcement Revue Commission, 1979-1980.

      Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, since 1981. Professional career: attorney in private practice, Phoenix, Arizona, 1959-1965. President, Heard Museum, Phoenix, 1968-1974, trustee, 1980-1981.




    Member, Editorial Board, Stanford University, Law Revue. Member, Phoenix Community Council, Arizona Academy, 1970-1975. Member, Advisory Board, Phoenix Salvation Army, 1975-1981.

    Trustee, Stanford University, 1976-1980. National Association, of Women Judges. America, Arizona, California and Maricopa County Bar Assns.

    Smithsonian Association. Clubs: Soroptimists; Order of Coif.


    • [{"type":"father","name":"Harry A. Day"},{"type":"mother","name":"Ada Mae Day (née Wilkey)"},{"type":"spouse","name":"John Jay O’Connor III"}]
    • father: Harry A. Day
    • mother: Ada Mae Day (née Wilkey)
    • spouse: John Jay O’Connor III
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