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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak in the Canisius College Cultural Center at 8:15 p.m. April 10.

Justice O'Connor was sitting on the Arizona Court of Appeals when President Ronald Reagan nominated her as associate justice of the Supreme Court. She took the oath of office in September 1981.

Justice O'Connor is known for her hard work and determination on and off the bench. A friend once said that with Justice O'Connor, "There ain't no Miller Time."

Raised on a sprawling Arizona ranch, she is tall and athletic. She is seen as a pragmatic middle-of-the-roader who asks tough questions and has said the legal profession needs more civility.

Justice O'Connor is known for her efficiency on the court and getting her opinions out with great speed. She plays golf and tennis, goes fishing and has taken her law clerks white-water rafting.

One of four millionaires on the court, Justice O'Connor earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1950. She and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist were classmates at Stanford Law School, where she earned a bachelor of laws degree in 1952.

She served in the Arizona State Senate from 1969 to 1975 and as judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix from 1975 to 1979.

She was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals in 1979 and served there until she joined the high court in 1981.

The justice will be speaking under the auspices of the college's Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society. The free program is open to the public.

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