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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

53 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2011 Last revised: 27 Sep 2012

Date Written: 2008


As the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is a profound and fascinating figure in American jurisprudence. Appointed to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Potter Stewart, questions loomed about how she would rule on important constitutional issues, including affirmative action and racial and gender equality. As the annotations contained in this piece demonstrate, commentators and legal scholars have reflected on Justice O'Connor's work as a woman, a conservative, and a former politician. Her term on the Court ended in 2005, and scholars are beginning the process of reflecting on her years on the Court as well as her influence on constitutional law. In an effort to begin and contribute to this analysis, this selected annotated bibliography focuses on both the substantive and scholarly materials Justice O'Connor wrote and the legal scholarship written about her and her jurisprudence. It is intended as a tool for researchers, and the categorization is intended to assist them by providing logical access to this material.

Part I focuses on Justice O'Connor's own extra-judicial writing. Subsection A compiles her substantive works about the judiciary, judicial philosophy, federalism, and institutional law. Subsection B highlights Justice O'Connor's writing on equality and feminism. Justice O'Connor spoke and wrote often about the legal profession, specifically addressing lawyers - these remarks are compiled in Subsection C. Subsection D includes Justice O'Connor's reflective tributes to other members of the judiciary. Subsection E includes Justice O'Connor's substantive autobiographical works. Part II compiles substantive works written about Justice O'Connor and her jurisprudence. These works are arranged and divided by the type of material and how it was published. Subsection A focuses on scholarship published in law reviews and academic journals. Subsection B compiles scholarly monographs and book chapters about Justice O'Connor. Next, Subsection C includes biographies. Finally, subsection D compiles tributes to Justice O'Connor, by Justices of the Supreme Court and other legal professionals.

This bibliography does not purport to include every document or text written about or by Justice O'Connor. Rather, it is a selection of scholarly works. It does not include newspaper or magazine pieces, or bar journal articles. Likewise, it does not include children's and young-adult works, of which there are several. The annotations provided are intended to show the myriad ways that Justice O'Connor's opinions, background, and political leanings have been scrutinized and analyzed since her nomination to, and retirement from, the nation's highest Court.

Suggested Citation

Krishnaswami, Julie Graves, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (2008). Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 4, p. 1099, 2008; Vermont Law School Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

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