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ASU College of Law alumna to receive prestigious award


August 14, 2009

Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor, a 1974 alumna of the College of Law, will receive a prominent award from America's oldest, largest and fastest growing mentoring organization for the legal community.

McGregor will receive the 2009 A. Sherman Christensen Award from the American Inns of Court during the organization's Celebration of Excellence on Oct. 17. She will accept the award from retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the event, which will be hosted by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

The award is named for the founder of the first American Inn of Court, who was nominated by President Eisenhower to a new seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. It is given to a court member who has provided distinguished, exceptional and significant leadership; previous winners include U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger.

McGregor is a founding member of the Sandra Day O'Connor American Inn of Court, the first Inn formed in Arizona, in which she has been active for more than 20 years. She is a past president and program chair of the Inn, and has played a significant role in mentoring younger members. McGregor also served as national secretary and a member of the executive committee of the American Inns of Court Foundation.

The Inns are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. Each Inn meets about once a month to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law