Justice Sandra Day O'Connor accepts Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, joined the esteemed roster of Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients on Thursday, April 16th, 2015. Justice O’Connor was unable to join the other 99 Medalists for the ceremony on Ellis Island May 9th,and so NECO made a special trip to the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC to confer the Medal in a private ceremony in chambers.

Several past Medalists, and dear friends of NECO, joined Chairman Nasser J. Kazeminy and his wife Yvonne for this historic occasion. Congressman Dan Burton, ’96 and his wife Dr. Samia Burton, ’09 were on hand, as were the Hon. Bijan Kian ’09 and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter ’05. Marvin Scott, ’94, the voice of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, traveled from New York City with NECO’s Executive Director, Kate Haas Monte and Director of Communications, Otto Coca to be a part of this honor.

Justice O'Connor was the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She served from her appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, until her retirement in 2006. Prior to O'Connor's appointment to the Court, she was an elected official and judge in Arizona, serving as the first female Majority Leader of a state government in the United States as the Republican leader in the Arizona State Senate.

Justice O'Connor was Chancellor of The College of William &Mary and served on the board of trustees of National Constitution Center. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Obama in 2009.

Justice O’Connor joins Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist ‘99 and serving Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, William G. Breyer '94 as proud Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients.

L-R - Dr. Samia Burton, Congressman Dan Burton, the Hon. Bijan Kian, Yvonne Kazeminy and Chairman Nasser J. Kazeminy, Marvin Scott and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter; with Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, seated.

Originally posted Friday, April 17, 2015 by Neco