Dec. 14, 2011
Justice Lanzinger Speaks at League of Women Voters Event

Hoping to spur more northwest Ohioans to become better educated about judicial elections, Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger spoke at the annual holiday luncheon Tuesday of the League of Women Voters of Perrysburg Area.

Justice Lanzinger’s 45-minute presentation included remarks about her career on Ohio’s courts from the municipal court to the Supreme Court and a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Justice Lanzinger attempts to engage school children in civic education through her Justice Judy blog and chairmanship of Ohio’s participation in the national iCivics educational effort.

“It’s well accepted that the judiciary is the least understood of the three branches of government,” Justice Lanzinger told the audience of 75 people including League of Women Voters members and guests from Bowling Green, Tiffin and Toledo. “By encouraging our citizens to learn more about the court system and the judges we elect to administer justice, the judicial branch will become less of a mystery.”

Now serving her second six-year term on the Supreme Court, Justice Lanzinger is the only person ever elected to every level of Ohio’s judiciary. The 150th Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, she previously served on the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court. Her varied judicial experience allows her a unique perspective of the state court system.

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

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.