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First Female US Supreme Court Justice Speaks At MTSU

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Six-years after she laid-down the gavel for good the first female U-S Supreme Court justice proved she can still hold court.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor drew a standing-room-only crowd at MTSU's Wright Music Building Wednesday night. O'Connor's presentation was promoted as part of a lecture series at the University.

The 81-year-old former Justice recalled how she reluctantly accepted President Reagan's nomination to be the first female to sit on the 9-Justice-panel. O'Connor admitted she went to Washington worried about being under-qualified and wound-up holding the seat for the next 25-years.

"I was a state court judge, not a federal judge, but my name was there. He said he got it from former President Nixon's list who had it on a list and well that was a surprise to me. But it was there," she said.

Not surprisingly, Sandra Day O'Connor is not slowing-down not even in retirement. She is currently working to have civics classes mandatory again in schools in all 50 States. O'Connor said she feels it's imperative that Americans understand how their government works.

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