Sandra Day O’Connor: Once Unwanted

For those unemployed law school graduates out there, fear not, even esteemed lawyers have trouble finding a job sometimes.  Some lucky Montrealers were treated to a lunch hour session with 3 Canadian and 3 American Supreme Court justices speaking according to this Montreal Gazette article.

“Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and her colleague Marie Deschamps nodded as Sandra Day O’Connor, who in 1981 became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, recalled her frustrating attempts to break into the field after graduating from Stanford University law school in the early 1950s.

Although she had completed her studies in two years instead of the usual three, finishing third in a class of 102, no one wanted to hire her.

“I couldn’t get a job, I couldn’t get an interview. It was very difficult,” she recalled.”

Bet those employers regretted their decisions as she rose through the ranks!

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