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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).


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.


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Harry A. Day

Ada Mae Day (née Wilkey)

John Jay O’Connor III