Udall Statement On Resignation Of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
"Justice O'Connor has been a leader on the Court and a pioneering figure in American law. Her departure leaves a significant void, particularly as a voice of moderation and as an independent-minded Westerner. I hope President Bush will carefully consider her legacy in nominating someone to fill her seat. It would be a serious mistake to ignore her legacy, particularly in areas of family law and civil rights.
On a personal note, my family has shared a friendship with Justice O'Connor for many years, and I am very grateful for the many courtesies she has extended to me. She has been willing to spend time with students from my district when they visit Washington as a part of my annual youth seminar. She was incredibly generous with her time, knowledge, and encouragement. Justice O'Connor's stories about the challenges in her professional career were particularly inspirational to the young women in our group. She was always very kind in her praise of my father, Mo. They shared a love of the West, and our landscapes.
I am sure Justice O'Connor's departure from the Court will not mean an end to her active involvement in the law and public life. She is owed a debt of gratitude for her services to our country."