Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist Award

The American College of Trial Lawyers Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award was established in 2007.

The Award, which is named for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (ret.), is to be given from time to time to a judge in the United States or Canada, whether or not a Fellow of the College, who has demonstrated exemplary judicial independence in the performance of his or her duties, sometimes in especially difficult or even dangerous circumstances.

Proposal Form Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist Award

How To Submit a Nomination
A nominator need only submit the proposal form above, and the award committee will complete an investigation before deciding whether to recommend the person to the Board of Regents. You may send your letter to or directly to the committee chair indicated here.

Winners of the Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist Award

Hon. Barry G. Williams
Baltimore, Maryland

Hon. Barbara J. Pariente
Tallahassee, Florida


Hon. Sam Sparks

Austin, Texas



Hon. George W. Greer

Clearwater, Florida