Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Chair in Judicial Ethics & Rule of Law

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Chair in Judicial Ethics & Rule of Law

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Your donation honors the legacy and life of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who passed away on December 1, 2023. Justice O’Connor was not only the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, but she also started her life in public service as an assistant attorney general for Arizona and then served in the state Senate. She left the Senate to serve as a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court, then on the Arizona Court of Appeals – dedicating her life to serving in all three branches of the government. This endowed faculty chair continues her legacy by supporting the next generation of trailblazers committed to public service, the principles of judicial ethics, and the rule of law. This endowed chair will support the work of an extraordinary faculty member here at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

She was not only a role model and inspiration for women in legal practice and the judiciary but an important figure in shaping our nation's legal history. The fact that she was a highly visible first woman in countless professional roles throughout her career is remarkable, but we celebrate even more her impeccable performance in each of those roles. She embodied the type of leader, legal professional and public servant we want our community to aspire to be. She normalized women as leaders, and she personified excellence."

Stacy Leeds, Willard H. Pedrick Dean and Regents Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Impact of Donor Support

With your generosity, you:

  • Preserve Justice O’Connor’s commitment and work in public service; continuing her legacy for future generations.
  • Recruit and retain faculty experts in the field nationally and internationally.
  • Secure the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s reputation and expertise in judicial ethics and rule of law.

The reward in giving to ASU comes back time and time again. And it’s so great to be able to see what they do. They want to bless the lives of other people and improve the lives of other people."

ASU donor Annette Beus

who, with her late husband Leo, has given gifts to advance legal education, the sciences, student scholarships and more

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