Retired Supreme Court Justice to Visit Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/12/07

Retired Supreme Court Justice to Visit Lubbock

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Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak in Lubbock at 5 p.m. November 16 at the United Spirit Arena, as part of a new Texas Tech School of Law lecture series named in her honor.

O'Connor, 77, will be the first lecturer of the annual series. The series is the brainchild of Houston attorney Mark Lanier, a law school alum who founded the Lanier Law Firm. He is underwriting the event.

"Texas Tech has one of the best law schools in the country. Unfortunately, it does not have as much national recognition as it deserves," said Lanier, whose firm has offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles.

"O'Connor is absolutely brilliant, and she's fearless in what she thinks and says," said Lanier, a Lubbock native who said he is supporting the series to bring attention to the law school he credits for his success.

O'Connor, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, will discuss her life, as well as the relationship between presidents and the Supreme Court, said Walter Huffman, dean of the law school.

"She has a great legacy - a legacy that most lawyers and most Americans really admire because of her intelligence and her common sense," Huffman said.

Tickets, which are required for the event, are free. For tickets, call (806)742-3787 ext. 246, or e-mail by (clicking here

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