Justice Is Ours

If you think civics is what social studies was once called, you’re just one of the millions of Americans making Justice Sandra Day O’Connor incredibly nervous about the future of this country. Before Americans can address the myriad challenges of the 21st Century, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court insists we need to engage in a national discussion about the cornerstone of our democratic heritage: the rights and duties of citizens, particularly when it comes to government oversight. Since 2009, the former Justice has been courting Americans' attention through iCivics, an organization that isn’t above video games if they entice youth. Perhaps Aristotle, who argued, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” would have enjoyed a turn. O’Connor rarely makes public appearances, but sustaining America’s democracy gets her out of the house any day. No stranger to the Bay Area, O’Connor received both her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford, where she worked on the Law Review with future Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, her erstwhile beau. O’Connor also discusses her illustrious career in conversation with Dr. Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Mon., Oct. 22, noon, 2012

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