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Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor to speak at BC

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 27, 2013 06:00 PM

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This information was provided in a press release from Boston College

Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will join deans of distinguished law schools at an academic symposium—which has drawn a capacity crowd of registrants—sponsored by Boston College Law School on Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

The event, titled “Law Schools and the Education of Democratic Citizens,” is part of Boston College's Sesquicentennial celebration.

The event will take place in Boston College Law School campus, 885 Centre St., Newton, in the East Wing's Ropes and Gray Conference Center, room 115.

In addition to Justice O'Connor, the event will feature BC Law Dean Vincent Rougeau, a national expert on Catholic social teaching and the role of moral and religious values in law making and public policy; Timothy Macklem, head of School of Law, professor of Jurisprudence at King's College London; Martha Minow, dean; and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. professor, Harvard Law School.

O’Connor became the first female to sit on the US Supreme Court when she was confirmed in 1981, after being nominated as an associate justice by President Ronald Reagan. During her quarter-century of service on the court, she participated in high-profile rulings. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama in 2009.

The public event is part of BC’s 150 celebration launched in September, which spans three semesters and features events and activities which epitomize the University’s longstanding commitment to exploring critical social issues.

More at www.bc.edu/150

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