October 18, 2013
Justices Attend Midwest Supreme Court Justices Conference

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger attended the Conference of Midwest Supreme Court Justices and Administrators in Madison, Wis. on October 17-18.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson invited Justice Lanzinger to participate in a roundtable discussion on October 18 where she spoke about Ohio’s system of handling appellate cases at the Supreme Court level including assignment, drafting, editing, and publication of court opinions. The panel fielded questions from the other participants as well.

“Conferences such as this are invaluable to our work,” Justice Lanzinger said. “The exchange of best practices always generates new ideas for the solution of problems that we share in administering justice at the state Supreme Court level.”

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Barman joined Justice Lanzinger on the panel discussion.

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. As the 150th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, 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.

As the sixth woman and 148th justice to serve on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice O’Connor was elected in 2002, re-elected in 2008, and elected as chief justice in 2010.

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