Retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor visits SC

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

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.

"In Search of A 'Grand Unified Theory': Thirty Years with the Endorsement Test" is scheduled for April 15 at the Charleston Music Hall and is open to the public.

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.

Other attendees include The Honorable Richard M. Gergel of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and Daniel Mach, Director, of the{} ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

General admission is $25. You can register by clicking here.