Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the mission of the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute is to continue her distinguished legacy of solving important social, economic, and political problems through civil discussion and civic action.

Distinguished Speaker Series - Garry Kasparov

Monday, April 10 | Arizona Biltmore

Garry Kasparov achieved international fame as the youngest world chess champion at the age of 22. After his 20 year record as the world’s top ranked player, he became an important voice in the Russian pro-democracy movement , waging a campaign to run for President of Russia against Vladimir Putin. Join us as we welcome a global human-rights leader,  author, and renowned world chess champion Garry Kasparov.



"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

Dinner With Lincoln

Friday, November 10, 2017

Join us as we honor one of our nation’s most revered Presidents -  Abraham Lincoln - through the work of Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln highlights Abraham Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer who rose from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.


Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

What is the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute?  View this video to learn more about our efforts to continue the lifetime work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

O’Connor History

The O'Connor Institute is a vital source for information on the life of Sandra Day O'Connor. The Online Library and Digital Archives offers students and the public educational information and access to a variety of resources, from her early life on the Lazy B ranch through her quarter century on the U.S. Supreme Court, to her most recent initiatives.

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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