Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the mission of the O'Connor Institute is to continue her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse.

Legacy Luncheon Featuring Former First Lady Laura Bush

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Arizona Biltmore

SAVE THE DATE! Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Legacy Luncheon. The event will honor the life and work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Legacy Luncheon benefits the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute and Hospice of the Valley, who are collaborating to present the event. Laura Bush will discuss her memoir and # 1 New York Times best seller, Spoken from the Heart.


"Society, at all levels, has a need to work together to solve the many challenges facing our state and nation. I know that it is possible for people to sit down together and engage in cooperative problem solving. My hope is to re-create a place that will be a center for problem-solving and for bringing together groups with divergent views. This is what I want the O'Connor Institute to stand for. We can do it. The possibilities are endless."

~ Sandra Day O'Connor
Associate Justice, Retired
Supreme Court of the United States

ISSUES & ANSWERS FORUM: “Dark Money” or Anonymous Free Speech?

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm           Arizona Heritage Center | Tempe, Arizona

The O'Connor Institute is pleased to present “Dark Money” or Anonymous Free Speech?, an free Issues & Answers Forum moderated by NPR affiliate KJZZ Here and Now Host Steve Goldstein.

Three Credentialed Panelists discussing “Dark Money” or Anonymous Free Speech? are Terry Goddard, Judge Jodi Remke and Jon Riches.

Distinguished Speakers Series - Ambassador James Woolsey

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Montelucia Resort

The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute was pleased to welcome former CIA Director, Ambassador James Woolsey as our upcoming Distinguished Speaker.

Ambassador Woolsey has served in four U.S. Presidential Administrations:                    Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and    George H.W. Bush.

Camp O'Connor

Camp O’Connor is a free, merit-based summer program for middle school students providing civics education and leadership development.

Participants gain a greater understanding of our democracy and their important role as citizens.

Millennial Council

The Millennial Council works to advance civic engagement and public policy education for their generation.

Council objectives include:

  • To encourage civic engagement among peers
  • To identify important issues & discussion topics
  • To foster leadership skills
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100 Most Influential People 2017

Justice O'Connor was named to the 2017 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People for her dedication to civics education.

Support The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Your investment in the O'Connor Institute furthers the organization's mission to continue Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's legacy and lifetime work to advance civil discussion and civic action. The O'Connor Institute works to build consensus and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better state and nation.


The O'Connor Institute leadership is inspired by the wisdom and guidance of our Founder, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.


Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Phone: 602-730-3300
Fax: 602-324-7583

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 4425
Phoenix, Arizona 85030

Office Address:
111 East Taylor Street, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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