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The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice


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In this remarkable book, a national bestseller in hardcover, Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Supreme Court Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, ideas, and landmark cases, O’Connor sheds new light on the basics, exploring through personal observation the evolution of the Court and American democratic traditions. Straight-talking, clear-eyed, inspiring, The Majesty of the Law is more than a reflection on O’Connor’s own experiences as the first female Justice of the Supreme Court; it also reveals some of the things she has learned and believes about American law and life—reflections gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history.

About the Author

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised on the Lazy B, a ranch on the Arizona–New Mexico border. She attended college and law school at Stanford University, and began her public service in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been married to John O’Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She is the author, with her brother, H. Alan Day, of Lazy B, a memoir about growing up in the American Southwest. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.

CRAIG JOYCE, editor, is Law Foundation Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he currently serves as codirector of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Table of Contents

Life on the Court: what's it like? — The court's agenda — Judicial appointment and tenure: a history — The Supreme Court reports — Magna Carta and the rule of law — The Constitution — The ratification — The evolution of the Bill of rights — The Judiciary act of 1789 and American judicial tradition — Impeachment and judicial independence — A President, a Chief Justice and the writ of habeas corpus — The rights of the individual and the legacy of Holmes — William Howard Taft and the importance of unanimity — Charles Evans Hughes and President Roosevelt's Court-expansion plan — Thurgood Marshall: the influence of a raconteur — Warren E. Burger — Lewis F. Powell, Jr. — Women in society: the American experience — The women's suffrage movement and its aftermath — Women in judging — Women in power — Organization and structure of the American judicial system — Juries: problems and solutions — Professionalism — Broadening our horizons — Shield of freedom: the American Constitution and its Court — The life of the law: principles of logic and experience from the United States — Through the looking glass and into the crystal ball.

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Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Random House Publishing Group
Edited by:
Craig Joyce
Craig Joyce
O'Connor, Sandra Day
Joyce, Craig
Sandra Day O'Connor
Law : Legal History
Law : Courts - General
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Legal History
Courts - Supreme Court
Women's Studies - History
Rule of law
United states
Judges -- United States.
Law-Biographies and Memoirs
Law : General
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