Sisters in Law

Theatre Or and Tattered Cover present Honoring Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a free webinar series designed as community outreach in association with the Colorado premiere of the play Sisters In Law by Jonathan Shapiro, produced by Theatre Or in association with Elizabeth Weber, Dale Franzen, and Don Franzen.  Based on the bestseller by Linda Hirshman, the play explores the relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two women to become Supreme Court Justices.  The purpose of the webinar series is educational - to provide the public with more insight into these iconic women and their careers, accomplishments, and legacy. It is also designed to illuminate the artistic process.  The play runs September 25 - October 31 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry.  The five webinars run September 2 through October 20 with specific dates, topics, and participants listed below.

This webinar series is proudly sponsored by the following: The League of Women Voters, The Colorado Bar Association, The Denver Bar Association, Boulder Jewish Community Center, The National Council of Jewish Women, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Tierney Lawrence LLC, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, University Lending Corporation, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the J, Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and Colorado Attorneys for the Arts.

Brief descriptions of each of the five webinar programs appear below.  However, the insight and interests of each participant will help shape the production.

We invite you to enjoy both the book and the play.




Click here to purchase Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman



For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets,
visit  or call 303.801.5122.







The Art of the Play

Thursday, September 2 | 6:30 p.m.

This segment will cover how the play came to be, how the playwright adapts a play from a biography, and how the director works with
the playwright to update the script.  It will also contain a sneak preview from the two actresses playing the iconic justices, and give the
audience some insight as to how the artistic process works.

Jonathan Shapiro - Playwright, screenwriter, attorney formerly with the Justice Department

Elizabeth Weber - Original producer of Sisters In Law

Amy Feinberg - Director of the play Sisters In Law

Sally Knudsen - Actress playing Sandra Day O’Connor

A. Lee Massaro - Actress playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Moderator: Diane Gilboa - Producing Artistic Director, Theatre Or





Getting to Know Sandra Day OConnor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Monday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m.

This segment is designed to give insight into the women who became the justices, on a personal as well as a professional level.

Attorney General Phil Weiser - Colorado Attorney General, former clerk for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth McGregor - Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice, friend of Sandra Day O’Connor

Linda Hirshman – Author of Sisters In Law, the book on which the play is based

Moderator: Scott Levin - Regional Director of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Mountain States




The Legal Cases

Tuesday, September 28 | 6:30 p.m.

Our own “sisters in law” on the Colorado Supreme Court will discuss with CU Professor Helen Norton the major legal cases with which the
Supreme Court Justices were involved, along with those cases’ legal and societal impacts.



Justice Monica Márquez - Colorado Supreme Court Justice

Justice Melissa Hart - Colorado Supreme Court Justice

Justice Maria Berkenkotter - Colorado Supreme Court Justice

Moderator: Professor Helen Norton - Professor and Ira C. Rothberger, Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School





Monday, October 4 | 6:30 p.m.

Panel participants will speak with CU Law School’s newest Dean about what these women mean to them personally, to the law and legal
education and opportunities for all United States citizens, but especially women.  They will also speak to work left undone.


Essence Duncan - Second-year Law Student

Arash Jahanian - Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools and former staff attorney at the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

Jon Olafson - Partner at Lewis Brisbois, Colorado Bar Association Executive Council member

Moderator:  Dean Lolita Buckner Inniss - Dean of University of Colorado Law School




Legal Reform

Wednesday, October 20 | 6:30 p.m.
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Taking the Legacy segment one step further, the panelists for this segment will explore with prize-winning journalist Dahlia Lithwick
the necessity of legal system reform including the subtopic of court reform.  Is it needed?  Why or why not?


Rebecca Kourlis - Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, founder of IAALS (Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System), and Principal Aegis ADR

David Yellen - Chief Executive Officer of IAALS

Moderator:  Dahlia Lithwick - Lawyer, writer and journalist for Slate, who writes about law and politics in the United States











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