Sandra Day O'Connor to Teach at UA

UA News Services
June 23, 2005


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will become the 2005-06 Distinguished Jurist in Residence at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law during the Court's winter recess.

Dean Toni M. Massaro announced that O'Connor will team teach a one-credit class on the Supreme Court with RonNell Andersen Jones, a former law clerk who now teaches at the Rogers College of Law.

"Of course, visiting jurists bring prestige and attention to law schools. But far more important is what they offer to our students in terms of inspiration and intellectual challenge. We have built that kind of community, and we are very gratified that Justice O'Connor chooses to join it," Massaro said.

Details on the course and precise topics to be covered have not yet been decided, but Massaro expects that student demand will be high.

For many years, the Rogers College has featured an annual slate of visiting faculty, jurists and practitioners who teach courses, work with students and other faculty, deliver lectures and continue their own research and writing. Over the years, the College has attracted visitors known in to the general public, such as Chief Justice William Rehnquist and others who are well known in their specific areas of law. In addition to Justice O'Connor, this year's roster includes 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and scholar.

Journalists note: Visiting Faculty Fellow RonNell Andersen Jones is available to speak with media on many Supreme Court issues. She can be reached through Nancy Stanley office at 520-621-8430.

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Nancy Stanley
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Rogers College of Law
520-621-8430 (office), 979-0142 (cell)
nancy.stanley@law.arizona.edu