SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR
2003 Liberty Medal Recipient
"Sandra Day O’Connor is a leader of exceptional dignity, character and integrity...she has been a champion of justice, and her fairness and prudence on major decisions have made a lasting impact on our society….Justice O’Connor is one of the great legal minds in the United States, and she is a role model not only to women, but to millions of Americans."
"One of our greatest judges, Learned Hand, explained: 'Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.'
But our understanding today must go beyond the recognition that ‘liberty lies in (our) hearts’ to the further recognition that only citizens with knowledge about the content and meaning of our constitutional guarantees of liberty are likely to cherish those concepts." ...more