Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will speak at a Charleston School of Law symposium on the separation between church and state on April 15.

The event is open to the public. O’Connor will speak at 3:30 p.m. There is a $25 admission fee for members of the public.

The event is cosponsored by the Charleston Law Review and the Riley Institute at Furman University.

O’Connor became the first woman to serve as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court in 1981. She served for 24 years before retiring in 2006. In 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

“The Charleston School of Law is tremendously honored to have Justice Sandra Day O’Connor lead our fifth annual Law and Society Symposium,” said law school dean Andy Abrams. “In addition to being a true pioneer in the legal profession, Justice O’Connor is also one of the leading jurists of this or any era. Her career mirrors the mission of our law school — using the law to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities.”

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