Justice
Alice Robie Resnick

Printer Friendly Adobe PDF Link opens new window.
Archive of Public Speeches

Jan. 2, 1989 - Jan. 1, 2007

Justice Alice Robie ResnickJustice Alice Robie Resnick was the fourth woman elected to statewide office in Ohio and the second woman elected to the Supreme Court of Ohio. She was first elected to the Supreme Court in 1988, and was re-elected in 1994 and in 2000. Justice Resnick was the founder and co-chair of the Ohio State Bar Association/Supreme Court of Ohio Joint Task Force on Gender Fairness. This task force addressed issues such as gender bias in the courts; lawyer and workplace life styles; gender bias education; and gender issues in domestic relations cases. A Final Report was issued in May 1995. From 1998 to 2001, Justice Resnick chaired the Ohio Women’s Legal Assistance and Education Coalition, which aided women in Ohio in the exercise of their legal rights.

Justice Resnick was born on August 21, 1939 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She resides in Toledo with her husband, retired Judge Melvin L. Resnick, who formerly sat on the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals. She has three step-children, six step-grandchildren, and four dogs, two of which are rescued greyhounds.

 

EDUCATION

1953-1957 Notre Dame Academy, Toledo, Ohio

1957-1961 Siena Heights University
Adrian, Michigan
Degree: Ph.B., 1961
Major: History; Minors: Philosophy, English & Biology

1961-1964 University of Detroit, College of Law
Detroit, Michigan
Degree: J.D., 1964

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

1964 Admitted to the Bar of the state of Ohio by examination

1965 Admitted to the Bar of the state of Michigan by examination

1967 Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division

1964-1975 Private practice of law, October 1964-1975; Appointed an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor, December 1964. Trial Attorney; tried approximately one hundred fifty felony cases including ten death penalty cases.

1970 Admitted to practice and appeared before the United States Supreme Court, arguing on an issue regarding the constitutionality of the death penalty in Ohio.

1975 Elected Judge of the Toledo Municipal Court

1981 Elected Presiding Administrative Judge of Toledo Municipal Court by the other six Municipal Court Judges.

1981 Re-elected to the Toledo Municipal Court without opposition

1982 Elected Judge of the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals, Toledo, Ohio

1983-1987 Sat by assignment on the Supreme Court of Ohio

1986 Re-elected to the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals without opposition

1988 Presiding Judge, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals, Toledo, Ohio

1988 Elected Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio

1994, 2000 Re-elected Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2003 Milestones Award, Toledo YWCA

1998-2001 Chair, Ohio Women's Legal Assistance and Education Coalition

1999 Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Heidelberg College

1999 Gertrude W. Donahey Award, Ohio Democratic Party

1999 Woman of Toledo Award, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center

1998 Distinguished Lawyer Award of the University of Toledo College of Law Alumni Association

1998 Initial recipient of the Alice Robie Resnick Outstanding Lawyer Award presented by the Oho Women's Bar

1998 Honored in a tribute presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Recorded in the Congressional Record on April 29, 1998

1996 Making A Difference Award, National Association of Women Judges District 7

1995 Ohio Women's Hall of Fame

1995 Alumni of the Year, University of Detroit, College of Law

1995 Nettie Cronise Lutes Award, Ohio State Bar Association, Section on Women in the Profession

1994 Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Akron

1994 Woman of Achievement Award, Franklin County YWCA

1994 Woman of Achievement Award, Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council, Lima, OH

1991 Co-chairperson of the Joint Task Force on Gender Fairness, A Cooperative Effort of The Ohio State Bar Association and the Supreme Court of Ohio

1990 Woman of the Year Award, American Association of University Women Columbus, Ohio Branch

1989 Award of Excellence, Cleveland Society of Poles

1987 Sister Ann Joachim Award for Outstanding Civic Involvement, Siena Heights College, Adrian, Michigan

1987 Hall of Fame, Notre Dame Academy, Toledo

1984-2004 Who's Who Awards, Who's Who of America
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who of American Women
Who's Who in the Midwest

1983 Woman of Achievement Award, Women in Communications, Toledo, Ohio Chapter

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member of: American, Ohio, Lucas County and Bar Associations; National Association of Women Judges; Toledo and Ohio Women's Bar Associations; OSBA Sections on Women in the Profession and Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program.
Honorary Member of
: Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity; Delta Kappa Gamma Society (Professional Organization for Women Educators).

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT (present)

Crime Stopper, Inc. of Metropolitan Toledo, President of Board of Trustees; Guest House, Inc., Board of Trustees.
Member of
: Toledo Museum of Art; Toledo Botanical Gardens; Democratic Business & Professional Women's Club; Toledo Zoological Society; Public Radio-WGTE; Toledo YWCA; the YWCA of Columbus; Martin School Rose Garden; Honorary Member of Zonta Club of Toledo I.

CIVIC & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT (past)

Past Member of: Board of Trustees of Siena Heights College; Board of Directors of the Maumee Valley Girl Scouts; WIT, Inc.; NOW; Board of Directors of the Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center; Toledo Women United Against Rape; Quota of Toledo; West Toledo Business and Professional Women's Club; Spectrum, Friends of Fine Art; Municipal Judges Association; Court of Appeals Judges Association; Ohio Judicial Conference; Board of Trustees of the Volunteers of America; Toledo-Lucas County Safety Council; International Women's Forum; Women Alive Coalition; Governor's Task Force on Substance Abuse; the International Institute of Toledo.
Past Chairperson of: the Administration and Court Reform Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference; Rules and Administrative Law Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference; the Ohio Court Statistics Committee; Ohio Supreme Court Rules and Procedures Committee.

LECTURER AND SPEAKER

Justice Resnick is widely sought after as a speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics. She has addressed numerous judges, lawyers and civic groups on the following subjects: ethics; professionalism; substance abuse; gender fairness; advances in biomedical technology; domestic violence; the battered woman syndrome; appellate procedure; constitutional law; insurance law; tort reform; criminal law; Supreme Court practice; personal safety; public awareness of the legal system; and the elective process.

IMPORTANT OPINIONS WRITTEN BY JUSTICE RESNICK

Lemley v. Kaiser (1983), 6 Ohio St.3d 258, 6 OBR 324, 452 N.E.2d 1304.

Mominee v. Scherbarth (March 22, 1985), Lucas App. No. L-84-190, unreported. Affirmed by Supreme Court of Ohio in Mominee v. Scherbarth (1986), 28 Ohio St.3d 270, 28 OBR 346, 503 N.E.2d 717.

Sawicki v. Ottawa Hills (December 12, 1986), Lucas App. Nos. L-85-366, L-85-443, and L-86-002, unreported (Resnick, J., dissenting). Reversed by Supreme Court of Ohio in Sawicki v. Ottawa Hills (1988), 37 Ohio St.3d 222, 525 N.E.2d 468.

State v. Sage (1987), 31 Ohio St.3d 173, 31 OBR 375, 510 N.E.2d 343.

Bouquett v. St. Elizabeth Corp. (1989), 43 Ohio St.3d 50, 538 N.E.2d 113.

Villella v. Waikem Motors, Inc. (1989), 45 Ohio St.3d 36, 543 N.E.2d 464.

Mussivand v. David (1989), 45 Ohio St.3d 314, 544 N.E.2d 265.

State v. Koss (1990), 49 Ohio St.3d 213, 551 N.E.2d 970.

Doyle v. Ohio Bur. of Motor Vehicles (1990), 51 Ohio St.3d 46, 554 N.E.2d 97.

Byrd v. Faber (1991), 57 Ohio St.3d 56, 565 N.E.2d 584. Annotation, Liability of Church or Religious Society for Sexual Misconduct of Clergy, 5 A.L.R. 5th 530 (Lead Case: Byrd v. Faber , reprinted at 5 A.L.R. 5th 1115).

State v. Anderson (1991), 57 Ohio St.3d 168, 566 N.E.2d 1224.

State ex rel. Noll v. Indus. Comm. ( 1991), 57 Ohio St.3d 203, 567 N.E.2d 245.

O'Connell v. Chesapeake & Ohio RR. Co. (1991), 58 Ohio St.3d 226, 569 N.E.2d 889.

State v. Jenks (1991), 61 Ohio St.3d 259, 574 N.E.2d 492.

Kerans v. Porter Paint (1991), 61 Ohio St.3d 486, 575 N.E.2d 428.

State ex rel. Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board v. Withrow (1991), 62 Ohio St.3d 111, 579 N.E.2d 205. Annotation, State and Local Government Control of Pollution from Underground Storage Tanks, 11 A.L.R. 5th 388 (Lead Case: State ex rel. Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board v. Withrow , reprinted at 11 A.L.R. 5th 1010).

In re Miller (1992), 63 Ohio St.3d 99, 585 N.E.2d 396.

Voinovich v. Ferguson (1992), 63 Ohio St.3d 198, 586 N.E.2d 1020 (Resnick, J., dissenting).

State v. Shane (1992), 63 Ohio St.3d 630, 590 N.E.2d 272.

Grover v. Eli Lilly & Co. (1992), 63 Ohio St.3d 756, 591 N.E.2d 596 (Resnick, J. dissenting).

High v. Howard (1992), 64 Ohio St.3d 82, 592 N.E.2d 818 (Resnick, J., dissenting). Dissenting position later adopted by majority of court in Gallimore v. Children's Hospital Medical Center (1993), 67 Ohio St.3d 244, 617 N.E.2d 1052.

State v. Dever (1992), 64 Ohio St.3d 401, 596 N.E.2d 436.

Murphy v. Reynoldsburg (1992), 65 Ohio St.3d 356, 604 N.E.2d 138.

Roseman v. Firemen & Policemen's Death Benefit Fund (1993), 66 Ohio St.3d 443, 613 N.E.2d 574.

Ohio Historical Society v. State Employment Relations Board (1993), 66 Ohio St.3d 466, 613 N.E.2d 591 (Resnick, J., dissenting).

State Employment Relations Bd. v. Adena Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. (1993), 66 Ohio St.3d 485, 613 N.E.2d 605.

Polikoff v. Adam (1993), 67 Ohio St.3d 100, 616 N.E.2d 213.

Dumas v. Estate of Dumas (1994), 68 Ohio St.3d 405, 627 N.E.2d 978 (Resnick, J., dissenting).

Clark v. Southview Hospital (1994), 68 Ohio St.3d 435, 628 N.E.2d 46.

Fletcher v. Fletcher (1994), 68 Ohio St.3d 464, 628 N.E.2d 1343 (Resnick, J., dissenting).

State ex rel. Baker Material Handling Corp. v. Indus. Comm. (1994), 69 Ohio St.3d 202, 631 N.E.2d 138.

State ex rel. Ohio AFL-CIO v. Voinovich (1994), 69 Ohio St.3d 225, 631 N.E.2d 582 (Resnick, J., concurring).

Jenkins v. James B. Day & Co. (1994), 69 Ohio St.3d 541, 634 N.E.2d 998.

Wright v. Bloom (1994), 69 Ohio St.3d 596, 635 N.E.2d 31.

Collins v. Rizkana (1995), 73 Ohio St. 3d 65, 652 N.E.2d 653.

Buchman v. Wayne Trace Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. (1995), 73 Ohio St. 3d 260, 652 N.E.2d 952.

Mauzy v. Kelly Services, Inc. (1996), 75 Ohio St.3d 578, 664 N.E.2d 1272, 69 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 44, 297.

DeRolph v. State (1997), 78 Ohio St.3d 193, 260, 677 N.E.2d 733, 116 Ed. Law Rep. 1140 (Resnick, J., concurring); ("DeRolph I ").

Holt v. Grange Mut. Cas. Co. (1997), 79 Ohio St.3d 401, 683 N.E.2d 1080.

State v. Williams (1997), 79 Ohio St.3d 459, 683 N.E.2d 1126.

Hamilton v. Ohio Sav. Ban k (1998), 82 Ohio St.3d 67, 694 N.E.2d 442.

State ex rel. Russell v. Industrial Comm'n of Ohio (1998), 82 Ohio St.3d 516, 696 N.E.2d 1069.

Williams v. Aetna Fin. Co. (1998), 83 Ohio St.3d 464, 700 N.E.2d 859.

Perkins v. Wilkinson Sword, Inc. (1998), 83 Ohio St.3d 507, 700 N.E.2d 1247.

Braatz v. Braatz (1999), 85 Ohio St.3d 40, 706 N.E.2d 1218.

State v. Ashworth (1999), 85 Ohio St.3d 56, 706 N.E.2d 1231.

Cleveland v. Trzebukowski (1999), 85 Ohio St.3d 524, 709 N.E.2d 1148.

Colvin v. Abbey's Restaurant (1999), 85 Ohio St.3d 535, 709 N.E.2d 1156.

Sazima v. Chalko (1999), 86 Ohio St.3d 151, 712 N.E.2d 729.

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 83 v. Union Local School Dist. Bd. of Edn. (1999), 86 Ohio St.3d 318, 715 N.E.2d 127.

Biddle v. Warren Gen. Hosp. (1999), 86 Ohio St.3d 395, 715 N.E.2d 518.

State ex rel. Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers v. Sheward (1999), 86 Ohio St.3d 451, 715 N.E.2d 1062.

State v. Cowans (1999), 87 Ohio St.3d 68, 717 N.E.2d 298.

Harp v. Cleveland Hts. (2000), 87 Ohio St.3d 506, 721 N.E.2d 1020.

McMullen v. Ohio State Univ. Hosp. (2000), 88 Ohio St.3d 332, 725 N.E.2d 1117.

Baughman v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (2000), 88 Ohio St.3d 480, 727 N.E.2d 1265.

DeRolph v. State (2000), 89 Ohio St.3d 1, 728 N.E.2d 993, 144 Ed. Law Rep. 644 ("DeRolph II" ).

Hampel v. Food Ingredients Specialties, Inc. (2000), 89 Ohio St.3d 169, 729 N.E.2d 726, 89 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. 205.

Mayer v. Bristow (2000), 91 Ohio St.3d 3, 740 N.E.2d 656.

Muenchenbach v. Preble Cty. (2001), 91 Ohio St.3d 141, 742 N.E.2d 1128.

Stevens v. Ackman (2001), 91 Ohio St.3d 182, 743 N.E.2d 901.

Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co. (2001), 92 Ohio St.3d 115, 748 N.E.2d 1111.

State v. Hill (2001), 92 Ohio St.3d 191, 749 N.E.2d 274.

DeRolph v. State (2001), 93 Ohio St.3d 309, 754 N.E.2d 1184, 156 Ed. Law Rep. 1290 (Resnick, J., dissenting) (" DeRolph III ").

State v. Murrell, 94 Ohio St.3d 489, 2002-Ohio-1483, 764 N.E.2d 986.

State v. Gross, 97 Ohio St.3d 121, 2002-Ohio-5524, 776 N.E.2d 1061 (Resnick, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part).

DeRolph v. State, 97 Ohio St.3d 434, 2002-Ohio-6750, 780 N.E.2d 529, 172 Ed. Law Rep. 428 (Resnick, J., concurring) (" DeRolph IV ").

Ferrando v. Auto-Owners Mut. Ins. Co., 98 Ohio St.3d 186, 2002-Ohio-7217, 781 N.E.2d 927.

Ohio State Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd. of Commrs ., 98 Ohio St.3d 214, 2002-Ohio-7213, 781 N.E.2d 951, 172 L.R.R.M. 2019.

Coolidge v. Riverdale Local School Dist., 100 Ohio St.3d 141, 2003-Ohio-5357, 797 N.E.2d 61, 149 Lab.Cas. P 59, 802, 181 Ed. Law Rep. 797, 20 IER Cases 865, 27 NDLR P 10.

Modzelewski v. Yellow Freight Sys., Inc., 102 Ohio St.3d 192, 2004-Ohio-2365, 808 N.E.2d 381

Yates v. Mansfield Bd. of Edn., 102 Ohio St.3d 205, 2004-Ohio-2491, 808 N.E.2d 861, 187 Ed. Law Rep. 1005.

Shimko v. Lobe, 103 Ohio St.3d 59, 2004-Ohio-4202, 813 N.E.2d 669.

Ohio State Bar Assn. v. Stern, 103 Ohio St.3d 491, 2004-Ohio-5464, 817 N.E.2d 14.

Wilson v. Brush Wellman, Inc., 103 Ohio St.3d 538, 2004-Ohio-5847, 817 N.E.2d 59, 22 IER Cases 230 (Resnick, J., dissenting).

Morgan v. Eads, 104 Ohio St.3d 142, 2004-Ohio-6110, 818 N.E.2d 1157.

Cleveland Bar Assn. v. CompManagement, Inc., 104 Ohio St.3d 168, 2004-Ohio-6506, 818 N.E.2d 1181.

In re Nowak, 104 Ohio St.3d 466, 2004-Ohio-6777, 820 N.E.2d 335.

State v. Francis, 104 Ohio St.3d 490, 2004-Ohio-6894, 820 N.E.2d 355.

State ex rel. Adams v. Aluchem, Inc., 104 Ohio St.3d 640, 2004-Ohio-6891, 821 N.E.2d 547 (Resnick, J., dissenting).