Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor never attended Arizona State University, but the Tempe institution is honoring her anyway.
ASU’s College of Law will be known as the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, a branding that could draw more recognition from aspiring lawyers narrowing their choices for law school.
It’s the second Valley edifice that will bear the former justice’s name. The U.S. District Court in downtown Phoenix also carries it.
ASU President Michael Crow said Wednesday: “We want to associate ourselves and our school with the values that Justice O’Connor stands for, including integrity, public service, personal independence, the willingness to take risks, wonderful curiosity, high intellectual standards and an abiding commitment to justice and the rule of law.”
O’Connor could not be there in person, but offered her thanks via webcast.
ASU law college dean Patricia White said the institution is named for O’Connor “solely on the basis of merit.”
“We are confident that now and in the future, students, faculty and others will want to share in this association,” she said.