University of Denver

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Reflects on the Current State of the Judiciary

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In an interview with Parade Magazine, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Honorary Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Quality Judges Initiative, discusses why approval ratings for the U.S. Supreme Court justices have fallen, stressing that the public's broken confidence in the courts is due to misconceptions that the Court should base their decisions on political and personal beliefs rather than on the law. Justice O'Connor describes her current efforts working to improve civics education to remedy this misconception and rebuild public confidence. Justice O'Connor also shares her life with readers and details how she overcame barriers to become the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.