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William French Smith Memorial Lecture

The Third Annual
William French Smith Memorial Lecture

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The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor
Associate Justice of the United States (Retired)

Friday, March 27, 2009
Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium
Pepperdine School of Law

From 1981 to 2006, the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor served as the nation's first female Supreme Court Justice and was the tiebreaker in over three-quarters of the court's 5-4 decisions. On Friday, Mar. 27, she gave the third annual William French Smith Memorial Lecture to an audience of more than 800 at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Ken Starr, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, moderated the conversation, which included Carol A. Chase, professor of law at Pepperdine; Colleen Graffy, former deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Virginia Milstead, a litigation associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The Honorable William H. Webster introduced O'Connor, commending her great love of the Court and her 25 years of service.

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This lecture was made possible through the generosity of numerous donors including lecture benefactors:

Herbert & Elinor Nootbaar
The Annenberg Foundation
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Vladmir A. Gusinski
David D. Hiller
Ken and Alice Starr
Norma Zimdahl