March 23
Justice French Speaks with Hundreds of High School Students Across Mahoning Valley

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French today spoke to hundreds of high school students across the Mahoning Valley.

Students from school districts in Mahoning, Columbiana, and Portage counties met Justice French at Boardman High School Performing Arts Center. The daughter of a schoolteacher, Justice French grew up in Sebring and appreciates her Ohio roots. She said she’s committed to being a part of civic education and frequently speaks with students about the Ohio judicial system.

“I always look forward to hearing what students are curious about,” Justice French said. “I was happy to share my experiences coming from a small town in Ohio, and what I’ve learned from the many positions I’ve held along the way.”

Justice French met with Boardman’s government class prior to the multi-school visit to answer questions. Participating high schools included: Austintown, Boardman, Beaver Local, Campbell, East Palestine, Jackson-Milton, Struthers, Sebring, Western Reserve, and Windham

Before becoming a Supreme Court justice in January 2013, Justice French served on the Tenth District Court of Appeals since 2004. With a history of public service and special interest in civic education, Justice French is committed to serving as a resource for the people of Ohio. In the past two decades, she has served the State of Ohio as a lawyer for a state agency, an assistant attorney general, counsel to the Governor, and, finally, as a judge. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from The Ohio State University.

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Justice French, visit: http://www.sc.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/french_highres.zip.