America’s first female Supreme Court justice unveiled a video-game project on June 4 to teach children how courts work, saying she wanted to counter partisan criticism that judges are "godless" activists, Reuters reports. Sandra Day O’Connor, 78, who served as U.S. Supreme Court justice from 1981 until her retirement in 2006, said she never imagined she would be asked to address a conference about digital gaming. She said she got involved with developing the project, called "Our Courts," out of concern over public ignorance about the judiciary and partisan attacks on what should be an independent institution.
"In recent years I’ve become increasingly concerned about vitriolic attacks by some members of Congress, some members of state legislatures, and various private interest groups … on judges," O’Connor told the Games For Change conference on using gaming technology for social improvement and education. The Our Courts project will have two parts, O’Connor said. The first is an online interactive civics program designed for students in grades 7-9. The program, developed with Georgetown University law school and Arizona State University, will be distributed free online starting in September…

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