- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix nonprofit named after former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has changed its name.

The O’Connor House became the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute - a change that it said reflects evolution of its activities.

The institute said its mission is to promote civil dialogue, civic action, consensus and collaboration to solve social, economic and political problems. It also says it works to create an environment where policy decisions are made through civil discussion, critical analysis and informed participation.

The institute drew its original name from a home that O’Connor and her late husband built in 1959. They hosted Arizona leaders and various dignitaries during the 25 years they lived there.

O’Connor served as a legislator and state judge before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981.

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