New York Times Best-Selling Author and Historian Evan Thomas to Speak at Baylor Law.

March 19, 2019

New York Times Best-Selling Author and Historian Evan Thomas to Speak at Baylor Law

With Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas will discuss his most recent biography "First: Sandra Day O'Connor”

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Evan Thomas, historian, journalist and New York Times best-selling author, will speak on March 26 at 4pm at Baylor Law. Together with Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Thomas will discuss his most recent biography "First: Sandra Day O'Connor." Drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s personal archives, Thomas shares an intimate and captivating biography of the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required at

“In FIRST, Evan Thomas clearly illustrates how Justice O’Connor broke new ground as an elected official and Supreme Court Justice. She is an inspiring model of leadership, and an example of dedication and service to one’s country,” stated Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs Stephen Rispoli, who added, “Hearing from Thomas and Judge Elrod as they discuss Justice O’Connor’s extraordinary life and accomplishments is a unique opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.”

Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When President Ronald Reagan appointed her, the first female Justice, to the United States Supreme Court in 1981, she began a pioneering quarter-century on the bench, hearing cases that ultimately advanced and defined American law.

“I wanted to find out what it took to be the first ever woman on the U.S, Supreme Court. What I found was a surprisingly human story of a tough ranch girl who had to overcome Ivy League snobs, cancer, and her husband's Alzheimer's. She is a lesson in leadership and character,” stated the author, Evan Thomas. Thomas is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestselling John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, and Being Nixon. Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. He wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007-14, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

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