ByGeorge! Online

March 18, 2003

Justice O’Connor Named Law School Commencement Speaker

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is scheduled to address this year’s Law School graduates at their Commencement ceremony May 25. Nominated by former President Ronald Reagan, O’Connor has served on the nation’s highest court since 1981. Prior to her lifetime appointment on the federal bench, O’Connor served on the Arizona Court of Appeals and the Maricopa County Superior Court. In 1969, she was appointed to the Arizona State Senate and subsequently reelected for two consecutive terms. O’Connor began practicing law in 1952 as the deputy county attorney of San Mateo, CA.

O’Connor, who was born in El Paso, TX, received two degrees from Stanford University. By speaking at the Law School Commencement, she joins her colleague William Rehnquist, chief justice, who addressed graduates in 2000.

Commencement exercises will begin at 1:30 pm in the Smith Center. A reception will be held following the ceremony for all graduates and their guests. For more information on the Law School’s Commencement, visit For more information on GW’s Commencement ceremonies on the Ellipse scheduled for the weekend of May 16–18, visit


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