Patt Morrison for December 22, 2011

Justice Sandra O’Connor talks about her legacy

Sandra Day O'Connor

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Patt Morrison interviews Justice Sandra Day O'Connor about her efforts to improve civics education on Dec. 11, 2011, in Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum.

Sandra Day O'Connor

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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks about her efforts to improve civics education on Dec. 11, 2011, in Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum.

Sandra Day O'Connor

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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks about her efforts to improve civics education on Dec. 11, 2011, in Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum.

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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the Crawford Family Forum.

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"Farcebook" profile for Benjamin Franklin, courtesy of Marisa Samuel's AP History class at Northview High School.

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Marisa Samuel's AP History class at Northview High School.

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Jasmin Brown, social studies teacher at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

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Social studies classroom, Cesar Chavez Middle School.

A social studies lesson given by Jasmin Brown at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

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Social Studies classroom, Cesar Chavez Middle School.

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An iCivics assignment in use at Cesar Chavez Middle School.


Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court and she was the tiebreaking vote on landmark cases such as Bush v. Gore. What she experienced there has made her a crusader for civics education. The Justice joins Patt to walk through what she believes will be her greatest legacy, iCivics.org, a web site designed to engage and educate today’s young people to become tomorrow’s civic leaders. Patt talks with her about the Justice’s legacy on the Supreme Court and the challenges of inspiring today’s students to become informed, active participants in our democracy and justice system.

Guest:

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Supreme Court Justice (1981-2006) appointed by President Ronald Reagan; founder, iCivics


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