Timeline: Sandra Day O'Connor's Key Decisions
The following are key decisions and events in the career of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
March 29, 2005: Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education
Decision allows a male teacher to bring a Title IX claim if he complains about sex discrimination.
April 28, 2004: Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
This decision rejected the Bush administration's position on enemy combatants and rules that a citizen held in the United States must be given an opportunity to challenge the factual basis of the detention before a neutral decison maker.
Dec. 10, 2003: McConnell v. FEC
The ruling, which O'Connor co-authored with Justice John Paul Stevens, declares the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law constitutional.
June 23, 2003: Grutter v. Bollinger, Gratz v. Bollinger
April 8, 2003
O'Connor publishes her second book, The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice.
March 5, 2003: Ewing v. California and Lockyer v. Andrade
O'Connor affirms California's "3-Strikes" law that long prison terms for repeat offenders are legal
Jan. 22, 2002
July 3, 2001
Dec. 12, 2000: Bush v. Gore
O'Connor votes with the 5 to 4 majority that effectively makes George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States.
June 28, 2000: Stenberg, Attorney General of Nebraska v. Carhart
May 16, 1999
O'Connor calls on judges nationwide to ensure fairness for all.
June 24, 1997: Agostini v. Felton
O'Connor delivers the decision allowing public school teachers to enter parochial schools to provide remedial education.
June 29, 1992: Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA v. Casey
Justices O'Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy and David Hackett Souter reaffirm what they called the "central holding" of the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.
June 26, 1990
O'Connor votes to strike down a portion of an antiabortion law that would have required a minor, virtually without exception, to notify both parents before obtaining an abortion.
June 11, 1990: United States v. Eichman
O'Connor dissents when the court rules that flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment.
June 21, 1989: Texas v. Johnson
O'Connor dissents as the court protects a citizen's right to make a political statement by burning s privately owned U.S. flag.
April 29, 1989
Oct. 22, 1988
April 22, 1987: McCleskey v. Kemp
O'Connor joins with the court in upholding capital punishment law.
June 4, 1985: Wallace v. Jaffree
O'Connor concurs in the court's judgment that moments of silence in public schools are in and of themselves constitutional, but may not "characterize prayer as a favored practice."
July 1, 1982: Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan
O'Connor rules in favor of a male applicant seeking admission to the Mississippi University for Women nursing school.
Sept. 25, 1981
O'Connor takes the oath of office.
Sept. 22, 1981
O'Connor is confirmed by the Senate.
July 7, 1981
O'Connor is nominated by President Reagan as the first woman associated justice of the Supreme Court.
June 28, 2000
The Supreme Court upholds two key abortion rights, with O'Connor voting with the majority.