Synopses & Reviews
In The Majesty of the Law
, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a 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, and ideas, O’Connor sheds new light on the basics, and through personal observation she explores the development of institutions and ideas we have come to regard as fundamental.
O’Connor discusses notable cases that have shaped American democracy and the Court as we know it today, and she traces the turbulent battle women have fought for a place in our nation’s legal system since America’s inception. 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 contains a discussion of how the suffrage movement changed the lives of women—in voting booths, jury boxes, and homes across the country.
In The Majesty of the Law, Sandra Day O’Connor reveals some of what she has learned and believes about American law and life, insights gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -318) and index.
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.