Published: Sept. 10, 2013

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will speak at the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the Byron R. White Center at the University of Colorado Boulder Law School on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom on the CU-Boulder campus. A limited number of tickets to the lecture are available to the general public at no cost. To register for tickets visit the center’s website at

The 2013 lecture will be a “fireside chat” between O’Connor and CU-Boulder Professor Melissa Hart, director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. O’Connor, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, took her seat on the Supreme Court on Sept. 25, 1981, and served until her retirement on Jan. 31, 2006.

O’Connor’s visit occurs on Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In other events recognizing Constitution Day offered by the Byron White Center, more than 50 CU-Boulder law students and dozens of law alumni will teach a lesson on the First Amendment in more than 50 high school classrooms throughout Colorado Sept. 11-20.

The O’Connor lecture will be live streamed to the campus’s Wolf Law Building where overflow seating will be available, and to satellite locations across the state, including the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Western State Colorado University.  Audience members—both live and via satellite—will have the opportunity to submit questions for O’Connor.

Schools, law firms and community groups can request to be added to the list of satellite locations that will receive access to the live stream. To request access interested groups should email

Each year the Byron White Center brings a distinguished jurist to Boulder for the Stevens Lecture for a public discussion about the state of the judiciary. Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the inaugural lecture, and current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the second annual Stevens Lecture in 2012.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Stevens lecture at CU-Boulder last year, with additional audiences watching via live video stream from the Wolf Law Building and satellite locations at colleges throughout Colorado.

For additional information call 303-735-6344.

Melissa Hart
Keri Ungemah, CU Law School communications, 720-984-0457