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Statement of Hawai`i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Posted on Dec 1, 2023 in News & Reports, Press Releases

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Justice O’Connor was a trailblazer, whose courage and leadership paved the way for so many women. She was an extraordinary jurist who served with unwavering respect for the rule of law and a fierce advocate for judicial independence. She was also a tireless champion for civics education and established iCivics, a web-based tool to teach civics and encourage our youth to actively participate in our democracy, which served as an inspiration for our own initiative in Hawai’i – the Commission to Promote and Advance Civic Education. On behalf of the Hawai’i Judiciary, we send our deepest sympathy and fond aloha to her family.”

— Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald
    Hawaiʻi Supreme Court

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