She's used to banging the gavel, but throwing a baseball is a new skill for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Wearing a Marlins T-shirt and escorted to the pitcher's mound by Miami philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, O'Connor threw the first pitch at the Red Sox-Marlins game Tuesday night. She later posed for photos with the team mascot, Billy the Marlin.
O'Connor was in Miami to formally swear in Judge Adalberto Jordan as the newest member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. At the standing-room-only investiture, O'Connor complimented Jordan, who clerked for her from 1988 to 1989, saying, "I'm not that great, but I do know how to pick good law clerks."
The former justice is off to Orlando to speak at The Florida Bar's annual conference next week, where she will keynote a discussion on choosing judges, a seminar that will explore judicial selection in Florida and other states and how campaign fundraising could muddy the process.
O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, has been speaking to lawyer groups throughout the country on the importance of merit selection for judges. She addressed the issue before the Kentucky Bar Association annual convention in early June.