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Sandra Day O'Connor (A Study)

Sandra Day O
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Sandra Day O'Connor
Nelson Shanks, 23 Dec 1937 - 28 Aug 2015
Sandra Day O'Connor, born 26 Mar 1930
Oil on canvas
Sight: 48.9 × 39.4 cm (19 1/4 × 15 1/2")
Frame: 69.9 × 59.7 × 3.8 cm (27 1/2 × 23 1/2 × 1 1/2")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Annette P. Cumming
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In 1981, President Ronald Reagan fulfilled a campaign promise to appoint the first woman to the Supreme Court when he nominated Sandra Day O’Connor (born 1930) to a seat on the bench. Afterward, Reagan wrote in his diary, “Already the flak is starting and from my own supporters… I think that she’ll make a good justice.” At the time, O’Connor had a proven track record as a successful lawyer and judge. She had practiced in both Arizona and California following her graduation from Stanford University.
O’Connor served on the Supreme Court from 1981 until her retirement in 2006 and earned a reputation as a conscientious associate justice. She was inclined toward narrowly based judgments rendered on a case-by-case basis, thereby avoiding setting sweeping precedents.
En 1981, el presidente Ronald Reagan cumplió una promesa de campaña: proponer a la primera mujer para el Tribunal Supremo. Su nominada fue Sandra Day O’Connor (n. 1930). Poco después, el presidente escribió en su diario: “Ya empieza la artillería de críticas, y de mis propios seguidores. [...] Creo que será una buena jueza asociada”. Para esa época, O’Connor ya tenía una exitosa trayectoria como abogada y jueza. Luego de graduarse de la Universidad de Stanford, había ejercido en Arizona y California.
O’Connor sirvió en el Tribunal Supremo desde 1981 hasta su retiro en 2006, y allí se ganó la reputación de ser una jueza concienzuda. Se inclinaba por decisiones de limitado alcance, aplicadas a cada caso particular, evitando establecer precedentes amplios.
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