Thursday, November 26, 2015

Retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor visits SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is visiting South Carolina for a talk at the Charleston School of Law.

Sandra Day O'Connor served on the court 24 years before her retirement in 2006. She speaks Monday during a symposium on church and state during an event focusing on a constitutional test proposed by O'Connor in a Supreme Court ruling in 1984.

The endorsement test proposes that a government action can violate the First Amendment's separation of church and state if a reasonable observer sees that action as either endorsing or disapproving religion.

The 83-year-old O'Connor concludes the Monday event with a keynote address. Before that, four panels of experts are scheduled to discuss various aspects of the topic.