Distinguished Speakers Series

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Former President of South Africa


President de Klerk shared the 1993 Nobel Prize with Nelson Mandela for his role in the ending of apartheid. As president of South Africa, President de Klerk brought apartheid to an end and opened the way for the drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of one person, one vote.

Monday, September 26

Luncheon and Program: Noon to 1:30 PM

Omni Montelucia Resort | Paradise Valley

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In Memoriam

Shelley A. Duane

The Board of Directors and staff of the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of longtime Board Member and dedicated volunteer Shelley Ann Duane. Shelley passed away peacefully on June 25, 2016, surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer.

Shelley was deeply devoted to her family, loved to travel and lived her life with elegance and grace. She will be sorely missed. To read her full obituary, please click here.



Issues & Answers Forum

Tuesday, September 13th

Program: 6:00 P.M.

Moderated By

Brahm Resnik

NBC 12 News



Friday, October 14 | Arizona Biltmore



Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Presidential Historian

Dinner Co-Chairs:

Penny & Larry Gunning | Ina & Murray Manaster

Arizona Biltmore | 6 PM | Cocktail Attire

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Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship Established


The O'Connor Institute Board of Directors has created the Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship to benefit students at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.


"I am very proud to have a scholarship named for me at the law school that bears my name to help a number of gifted students in the years ahead," stated Justice O'Connor.


The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute extends its appreciation to the following individuals and organizations who generously provided the seed funding:


 - AVON Foundation for Women
 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
 - Rich and Maryglenn Boals
 - Nikal and Robert Conti
 - F. Francis and Dionne Najafi
 - Frederick Pakis | Pakis Family Foundation
 - Kari & Paul Yatkowski | Haven Charitable Foundation
 - In Memory of Mary and Gordon Zeider


To make a contribution to the Sandra Day O'Connor Scholarship,

please click here.


What began as a project to move a house, has become an effort to move a state and the nation
In 2006, the historic adobe home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was slated for demolition. When a few community leaders met to plan its relocation, they didn't realize that the historic O'Connor family home would become the catalyst for the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute and create a movement to rebuild the way Arizona and the nation solves its pressing political, economic and social issues.
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"Society, at all levels, has a need to work together to solve the many challenges facing our state and nation.

I know that it is possible for people to sit down together and engage in cooperative problem solving.

My hope is to re-create a place that will be a center for problem-solving and for bringing together groups with divergent views.

This is what I want the O'Connor Institute to stand for. We can do it. The possibilities are endless."

~ Sandra Day O'Connor,

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, (Retired)


The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute continues the legacy and lifetime work of Sandra Day O'Connor to advance civil discussion and civic action. We work to build consensus and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better state and nation.