Sandra Day O’Connor’s newest book “Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court” comes at an important moment the Supreme Court’s history, as the Justice’s weigh in on the matter of gay marriage and the rights of gay spousal benefits.
The Supreme Court is one of our nation’s most important institutions. Justice O’Connor’s book lays out the history of the Court in terms of seminal judicial decisions, former Justices, and how the Court became such an important institution. Justice O’Connor also offers insight into the “inner workings” of the Court, including: how cases are chosen, the personal relationships amongst the Justice’s, and the traditions of the Court.
Though Justice O’Connor retired from the Court in 2006, she continues to serve our country through a variety of means. I saw a recent television interview regarding this very book, during which she mentioned icivics.org, a website which she helped found that teaches civil lessons through educational games. Currently there are 16 educational games on a range of topics including: Citizenry and Participation, the Separation of Powers, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Judicial Branch, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and Budgeting.
As we wait for the Courts important decision on gay marriage, we know for certain, Justice O’Connor’s service to the Court, as the first woman, impacts the Court today. Certainly, future stories from the history of the Supreme Court, will include her.