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.

Dinner With Lincoln

Friday, November 10, 2017

We invite you to attend an extraordinary evening with renowned Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

"Dinner With Lincoln" will pay tribute to the prairie lawyer who became a one-term congressman then rose to become one of our nation's most revered and significant Presidents.

Join us for a night to remember at our Annual History Dinner.


"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



Supreme Evening of Jazz

Saturday, January 13, 2018

“A Supreme Evening of Jazz – A Piano Triptych” featuring renowned Valley pianist Nicole Pesce and acclaimed international musicians Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi will be held at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  The benefit will support the Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship, established by The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute to assist deserving students at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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.

Distinguished Speakers Series with Minister Elisabeth Rehn

Finnish Minister of Defense 1990-95 & Former Undersecretary General of the United Nations

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

“The greatest achievement of Finland’s 100 years of independence? Survival.  What has largely been a distant threat to many countries in the West has been a matter of life and death in the northeastern corner of the European Union. For Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, safeguarding its sovereignty remains the focus of policy makers, a century after the then-Grand Duchy of Russia declared its independence.  Russia’s annexation of Crimea has raised tensions on the continent to their highest level since the end of the Cold War …”  ~ Bloomberg

Millennial Council

In 2016, a focus group comprised of accomplished young leaders convened at The Institute to explore this new initiative.   Following multiple meetings over several months, the group determined that their peers would benefit greatly as citizens in knowing, “How To Become Civically Engaged” – thus defining the Council's mission for this important segment of society.

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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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