Texas Tech Law School Brings Justice O’Connor to Speak in Lubbock
October 31, 2007
Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme
Court, will speak in Lubbock at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the United Spirit Arena, as part
of a new Texas Tech School of Law lecture series named in her honor.
O’Connor, 77, will be the first lecturer of the annual series. The series is the brainchild
of Houston attorney Mark Lanier, a law school alum who founded the Lanier Law Firm.
He is underwriting the event.
"Texas Tech has one of the best law schools in the country. Unfortunately, it does
not have as much national recognition as it deserves," said Lanier, whose firm has
offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles.
"O’Connor is absolutely brilliant, and she’s fearless in what she thinks and says,"
said Lanier, a Lubbock native who said he is supporting the series to bring attention
to the law school he credits for his success.
O’Connor, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan,
will discuss her life, as well as the relationship between presidents and the Supreme
Court, said Walter Huffman, dean of the law school.
"She has a great legacy - a legacy that most lawyers and most Americans really admire
because of her intelligence and her common sense," Huffman said.
Tickets, which are required for the event, are free. For tickets, call (806) 742-3787
ext. 246 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of Alumni Relations, Texas Tech School of Law, (806)742-3990
ext. 315, or email@example.com