In 2009, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court, visited the law school. Justice O’Connor was in Tallahassee to discuss a civics education program at the Florida Capitol. She discussed the need for civics and government education in middle schools and offered students insight into her path to the high court. In May 2009, Professor David Powell retired. A student favorite, Powell was an expert on wills, trusts, estates and gifts and taught FSU Law classes for more than 35 years. He has continued to teach at the College of Law periodically. During the summer of 2009, the College of Law unveiled a new LL.M. in Environmental Law and Policy . The program built on FSU Law’s highly-ranked program in environmental law and gives J.D. holders the opportunity to concentrate in environmental law.