Symbols of our country’s three branches of government (the Executive, Legislative and Judicial) pop up frequently in Washington DC Photography. That’s no surprise, since the business of government is what this city is focused on. Actually, DC is the perfect mix of politics, industry and culture, and how those combine to drive the growth of the city and the nation. This photo shows the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as such for a quarter of a century (1981 to 2006) and holds the distinction of being the very first female Justice of the Supreme Court. As an expert in DC Photography, it was a pleasure for me to encounter Justice O’Connor in New York City at Parsons The New School for Design. I particularly like the way this photo catches both her, and the flag and staff together. She has dedicated her life to serving – even in retirement, which is what we find her doing here. She was delivering the closing keynote speech at Games for Change (G4C), a movement that seeks to influence the use of digital games for positive social change. As a result, it works with game creators and social innovators, facilitating the development of closer bonds between them through a range of initiatives, including the annual G4C Festival. Why is Justice O’Connor in the company of gamers? Simple – she’s a gamer herself! It so happens that Justice O’Connor has spearheaded the development of iCivics, which she founded in 2009. It is a series of games that allows students to experience the inner workings of the country’s government by taking on different roles, such as a judge, a community activist and the President of the US. The importance of iCivics lies in a quote from Justice O’Connor: “The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens."