Honoring the Legacy of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Bonnie Greenberg
Lisa Kern Griffin
Oona A. Hathaway
Silvija Strikis
Bonnie Greenberg | Department of Justice
Lisa Kern Griffin | Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Law, Duke University
Oona A. Hathaway | Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Silvija Strikis | Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC
On-Demand: January 25, 2024
Honoring the Legacy of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
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Program Summary

The Federal Bar Association is honored to welcome three of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s incredibly successful former law clerks – Professor Lisa Griffin (Duke), Professor Oona Hathaway (Yale), and Silvija Strikis (Partner, Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC) – to discuss her 25 years as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was known on the court as a majority builder whenever possible and cared about the civility and cohesion of the Court. Justice O’Connor continued her work promoting the rule of law and judicial independence after her retirement from the Supreme Court. Please join us in honoring a true pioneer.

Presented by the Professional Development Committee

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The legacy of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Her rise to the USSC and three of her law clerks will share insights on the woman how made history
  • The notable cases that came before her during her term

Date / Time: January 25, 2024

Closed-captioning available


Bonnie Greenberg, Retired | Department of Justice

Bonnie S. Greenberg was with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for over 37 years and currently serves as a director on the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Board and Chair of the FBA’s Professional Development Committee. She was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for most of her time at DOJ.

Ms. Greenberg has served the Maryland Chapter of the FBA in a variety of capacities, most notably as Chapter President and Chapter Delegate.


Lisa Kern Griffin_myLawCLEProfessor Lisa Kern Griffin | Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Law, Duke University

Lisa Kern Griffin is the Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Law at Duke University. She teaches and writes about constitutional criminal procedure, evidence, and federal criminal justice. Her recent scholarship concerns the status and significance of silence in criminal investigations, the relationship between constructing narratives and achieving factual accuracy in the courtroom, the criminalization of dishonesty in legal institutions, and the impact of popular culture about the criminal justice system. Griffin’s book, False Honesty: Truth, Lies, and the Misleading Law of Questioning, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Her academic articles have appeared in the California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Georgetown Law Journal, the New York University Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the online editions of the Cornell Law Review and the Michigan Law Review, among others. She has also edited and contributed to volumes of Law & Contemporary Problems and authored chapters in several books. Her opinion essays have been published in various outlets, including The Atlantic, Slate, SCOTUSblog, and The New York Times. Griffin joined the Duke Law faculty in 2008 and is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education. From 2021-2023, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. She previously taught at the UCLA School of Law and she will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2024. Griffin is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, has filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court, served as a legal advisor to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and has testified before the United States Congress on public corruption prosecutions and proposed revisions to the fraud statutes.


Oona A. Hathaway_myLawCLEProfessor Oona A. Hathaway | Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, Professor of the Yale University Department of Political Science, and Director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State since 2005. In 2014-15, she took leave to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. She is the Director of the annual Yale Cyber Leadership Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published more than forty law review articles, and The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (with Scott Shapiro, 2017). She is also Executive Editor of and regular author at Just Security, and she writes often for popular publications such as The Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs.


Silvija Strikis_myLawCLESilvija Strikis, Partner| Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC

Silvija Strikis is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC and has deep experience representing a wide range of clients in securities fraud, professional malpractice, False Claims Act, products liability, and other cases. Silvija’s practice is built on a strong financial and economics background. Before and during law school, she practiced as a Certified Public Accountant, providing her with the expertise to advise clients about, and to litigate, issues involving claims of accounting and auditing malpractice, as well as other financial issues. Her work on behalf of relators in False Claims Act cases has resulted in noteworthy verdicts and settlements, including a $885 million combined civil and criminal settlement with AmerisourceBergen that is one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in history, and one of the largest whistleblower verdicts upheld on appeal in Medicare fraud case against Florida skilled nursing facilities that resulted in judgment of more than $255 million and for which Silvija was named a “2017 Winning Litigator” for her role as lead counsel.


I. Rise of Justice O’Connor and her path to the SCOTUS bench | 2:00pm – 2:05pm

II. Insights from Professor Lisa Kern Griffen and the method Justice O’Connor used to address cases before her | 2:05pm – 2:20pm

III. Professor Oona Hathaway will cover O’Connor’s cases of note during her clerkship | 2:20pm – 2:35pm

IV. Silvija Strikis will address issues that came before Justice O’Connor during her term as a law clerk | 2:35pm – 2:50pm

V. A review of significant cases that will create the legacy of Justice O’Connor | 2:50pm – 3:00pm