Scott O'Connor, son of the first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor shares what it was like to grow up with a mother who was making history.
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I like to think Sandra Day O’Connor was a pretty good judge. After all, she raised me. With help from Dad, of course. She had an uncanny sense of what it is to be American, full of optimism and possibilities, yet with a yearning to be of service to others in meaningful ways. Her story is legend, growing up on a vast cattle ranch in the desert, 20 miles from the nearest town, yet ending up as the most powerful woman in the U.S. government by age 51, as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Unlike her colleagues, Mom had served in all three branches of government in her home state of Arizona, giving her keen insight into what goes on under the hoods of our political institutions. She believed in those institutions and traveled the nation to make speeches at law school dedications and college graduations, explaining to her audiences how the court worked.
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