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Professor Nelson Lund Talks About Sandra Day O'Connor and the Future of the Supreme Court

Nelson Lund, PhD, professor in the School of Law, served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his clerkship with O"Connor, Lund served in the White House as associate counsel to the president from 1989 to 1992. He also held positions at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of Legal Counsel. He earned a BA from St. John's College, an MA from Catholic University, an MA and a PhD from Harvard University, and a JD from the University of Chicago.

Regarding the retirement of O'Connor, which was announced last week, Lund said O'Connor "has been an extraordinarily influential member of the Supreme Court. Throughout her career, she was a deciding vote in many prominent cases dealing with issues such as abortion, affirmative action, school vouchers, religious displays in public places, and the death penalty. President Bush's decision about her replacement, therefore, has the potential to profoundly affect the development of the law for many years to come.