Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Reflects on Her Career and the Judiciary in Exclusive New Video Series

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New England Law | Boston posts exclusive video series featuring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Dean John F. O’Brien.

New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston is posting an exclusive video series of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s most recent visit to the law school, showcasing her unmatched perspective on the law, great warmth, and wit.

Justice O’Connor made her third visit to New England Law | Boston earlier this academic year and was guest of honor at an event that recognized Dean John F. O’Brien for his longstanding service to the American Bar Association (ABA). The video series captures a lively discussion between the two.

“It’s always a tremendous honor to have Justice O’Connor visit our campus,” said Dean O’Brien. “We all benefit from her wisdom and experience, and take great pride in the friendship and insightful advice that she graciously extends to our community.”

The five videos in the series are being released sequentially on the following topics: Justice O’Connor on an Independent Judiciary, the Importance of Civics Education, Dean O’Brien and his Contributions to Legal Education, the Supreme Court, and the Future of the Legal Profession.

Justice O’Connor visited the law school in 2012, 2008, and 1991, and met with faculty and students each time.

After serving in all three branches of government in Arizona, Justice O’Connor became the first woman to serve on the High Court. Dean O’Brien chaired the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in 2011-2012, and he remains on the Council as immediate past chair.

U.S. Supreme Court justices regularly bring their points of view to New England Law’s classrooms and international programs. In 2011, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy visited the International and Comparative Human Rights Law program in Galway, Ireland, as a guest-lecturer, and Justice Antonin Scalia taught there in 2008. Justices Harry Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas have also addressed faculty and students at the Boston law school.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., taught a course concerning the history of the Supreme Court as part of the 2009 summer program in Galway, taught in 2012 at the University of Malta’s Foundation for International Studies, and is teaching currently in Prague, Czech Republic.

About New England Law | Boston:

New England Law | Boston, located in Boston’s Back Bay, prides itself on a powerful combination of academic excellence and community engagement and a focus on what prospective students can bring to the school’s dynamic community of thinkers and doers. Founded in 1908 as the only law school established exclusively for the education of women but coeducational since 1938, New England Law students learn through experience, with a robust clinical program and practical learning curriculum. With one-on-one assistance from the Office of Career Services, New England Law graduates are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. New England Law is one of only two institutions in Boston to offer an evening law school program. New England Law offers a generous financial aid program.

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