Justice news items

Time to Restore Civic Learning

OCTOBER 19, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle has published a piece by Justice O'Connor on the importance of civic learning. She observes:

"We need intelligent and engaged citizens. This country faces daunting economic and policy challenges. In discussing those challenges, we often hear politicians speak of the burdens on our children and on our children's children.

Justice O'Connor: Parade Magazine Cover Story

OCTOBER 03, 2012

Parade Magazine featured a cover story and interview with Justice O'Connor. She discussed a wide range of topics, including her time growing up on the Lazy B Ranch, what happened the first time her father met her future husband, becoming the first woman on the Supreme Court, and why fighting for better civic education is the most important thing she's ever done.

Justice O'Connor Faces the Nation

AUGUST 07, 2012

Justice O'Connor, iCivics founder and Board Chair, spoke with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation about civics, life as a cowgirl, and more.

Justice O'Connor Takes Civics to the Senate

JULY 27, 2012

Justice O'Connor testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of civic learning and its role in ensuring judicial independence. Two of the three coordinate branches coordinated as she fielded questions from senators about a range of topics including her dedication to iCivics.

CNN: Sandra Day O'Connor Champions Civic Education

JULY 19, 2012

During Justice O'Connor's recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia to speak at the annual meeting of the Education Commission of the States, CNN caught up with her to get some inside scoop on iCivics.

Check out this CNN interview with Justice O'Connor about her passion for civic learning and iCivics!


CNN interviews Justice O'Connor

Justice O'Connor Headlines at National Association of Counties Conference

JULY 17, 2012

Justice O’Connor made a splash in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend at the 77th annual conference of the National Association of Counties. The justice keynoted the opening session, speaking to more than 1,500 county officials from around the country about the importance of civic learning.


Justice O’Connor, while noting that she is an unlikely ambassador for technology, observed that now more than ever our world is connected through technology and iCivics harnesses it to reach and engage youth.


iCivics in central Texas (video)

MAY 31, 2012

(April 30, 2012) iCivics and Justice O'Connor were back in Texas once again, this time to see the iCivics curriculum in action in Waco, Texas. Baylor University has worked closely with Waco and Midway Independent School Districts to bring iCivics to students throughout Waco. Justice O'Connor, Baylor's student volunteers, teachers, and most importantly the middle school students had a great time.

iCivics is Partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America!

MAY 07, 2012

This past weekend, Justice O'Connor spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of America's national conference and made a very exciting announcement: iCivics is partnering with BGCA! We'll be working together to provide top-quality civics education materials for Clubs around the country as part of their character and citizenship programs.

Sandra Day O'Connor Promotes Civics Education: Los Angeles Times

DECEMBER 28, 2011

During a recent trip to Los Angeles, [Justice O'Connor] talked up iCivics, an expanding online program aimed at middle school students.

The free curriculum includes lesson plans and games that are linked to subjects and skills that various states require students to master. The program also promotes public service projects.


Southern Exposure

NOVEMBER 03, 2011

The weather here at iCivics HQ has started to turn chilly, but we've had the opportunity to get a peek of how people are taking to our games in slightly warmer climes.  We just returned from a great trip to Texas where we met the wonderful students and teachers of Jefferson Middle School.  Justice O'Connor and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson were in attendance to chat with students and see them show off their iCivics prowess and civic knowledge.