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O'Connor Project To Continue Work On Fair and Independent Courts
The Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary has been
established at Georgetown University Law Center. The project springs
from the Fair and Independent Courts Conference held last fall at
Georgetown Law and co-chaired by Justices O’Connor and Stephen Breyer.
The O’Connor Project will continue the work begun at the
conference. Recommendations made by conference participants on how to
support and enhance the functioning of the Judiciary at federal and
state levels will be circulated to all federal judges and state Supreme
Court chief justices. Conference proceedings and scholarly background
materials will be published and an interactive online product will be
developed for secondary school students on the role of the Judiciary.
The project also will monitor developments in the 110th Congress on
federal judicial salaries.
Regional conferences in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and other
cities, along with additional panel discussions and symposia on judicial
independence are planned. In addition, a conference on state court
judicial selection and elections will be held at Georgetown Law in Fall
Both O’Connor and Breyer will be members of the project’s
steering committee, with Georgetown Law Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff;
former Solicitor General Theodore Olson; former Senator Warren Rudman
(R-N.H.); Larry Thompson, General Counsel of PepsiCo and former Deputy
Attorney General; former White House Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein;
and three state Supreme Court chief justices. Meryl Justin Chertoff,
project director for the Fair and Independent Courts Conference, has
been named director of the O’Connor Project.