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.

Millennial Council: The Future Is You: Choose To Engage!

The event featured Chris Herstam, past president of the Arizona Board of Regents, Chief of Staff for Governor Fife Symington and former Arizona Legislator who provided a power point presentation with facts and information regarding the status of multiple issues facing Arizonans. The Kick Off was moderated by NPR affiliate KJZZ host and reporter, Lauren Gilger, a recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. Following the program, scores of Millennials stayed for a reception to discuss what they had heard and its impact.

Distinguished Speakers Series With Lesley Stahl

Lesley Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning reporting. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent for over 25 years. Yet, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes, it was becoming a grandmother. Along with personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren;  and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.

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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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