Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Award Nominations

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In 2021, The National Judicial College established the annual Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Award to recognize a judge or former judge who has shown extraordinary service and commitment to the cause of justice.

The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Sandra Day O’Connor. Justice O’Connor was a trailblazer as the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court (subsequent to her service as a state trial and appellate judge) and is known for her excellence as a jurist. She is also a distinguished alumna of the NJC.

 

Nomination form
Award Process
Selection

  • Nominations will be accepted until June 10, 2024.
  • A committee created by the NJC will review the nominations and select the award recipient. The nominee must be willing to attend the award ceremony in person, although extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness, will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The NJC reserves the right not to present the award in a given year.
  • Nominees need not be alumni of the NJC.

Selection Criteria

Eligibility is open to any living judge or former judge who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to justice and manifested the NJC’s Core Values:

  • Demonstrate an Absolute Commitment to Justice
  • Deliver and Inspire Excellence and Innovation in One’s Work
  • Champion Integrity
  • Practice Engaged Leadership

Submission Requirements

Nominations must be submitted through the form below and include:

  • The name of the nominee and their contact information
  • The name of the person or organization making the nomination
  • Resume or CV of the nominee
  • A thoughtful, detailed letter describing the nominee’s extraordinary service and commitment to justice and providing examples.
  • A minimum of three and maximum of five letters of support

Nomination Form

The deadline for nominations is June 10, 2024.

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