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Today at the Court - Monday, Aug 10, 2020


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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Did You Know...

Presidential Medal of Freedom


In recognition of her lifetime accomplishments, President Barack Obama awarded Justice Sandra Day O’Connor the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009. In awarding the medal, President Obama said, “Sandra Day O’Connor has paved the way for millions of women to achieve their dreams. Completing law school in just two years, she graduated third in her class at a time when women rarely entered the legal profession. With grace and humor, tenacity and intelligence, she rose to become the first woman on the United States Supreme Court. Her historic 25-term tenure on the Court was defined by her integrity and independence, and she has earned the nation's lasting gratitude for her invaluable contributions to history and the law.”

Other Justices awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom include: Felix Frankfurter (1963), Arthur J. Goldberg (1978), Earl Warren (1981), Warren E. Burger (1988), Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall (1993), John Paul Stevens (2012), and Antonin Scalia (2018).

 

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President Barack Obama, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photograph in the Blue Room following the Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation ceremony at the White House.
President Barack Obama, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photograph in the Blue Room following the Presidential Medal of Freedom presentation ceremony at the White House.
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Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, 2009. This medal represents the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, 2009. This medal represents the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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