May 30, 2014
Justice O'Donnell Highlights Supreme Court at Saint Raphael School

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell taking questions from students

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell fields questions from fourth-graders at Saint Raphael.

In association with “Ohio Day” for Saint Raphael School’s fourth-grade students, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell visited the Bay Village Catholic school on May 30.

“Ohio Day” is the culmination of the student’s studies of the state of Ohio.

Justice O’Donnell spoke at an all-school assembly about the inner-workings of the Supreme Court and what it is like being a justice on the state’s highest court. He also spoke about Ohio’s rich history.

“You studied the history of Ohio and learned about the three branches of government,” Justice O’Donnell told the students. “The rule of law is what contributes to Ohio’s history and enriches the future of the Buckeye state – including you and your family.”

Attorney John Martin of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s office invited Justice O’Donnell to speak at the school.

Justice O’Donnell has been a member of the state judiciary for more than 30 years and has served on both the trial court and appellate court. He began his judicial career in 1980 on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and served there for 14 years until his election to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in 1994. He served there for eight years, and subsequently became a visiting trial court judge in various counties throughout the state before joining the Supreme Court in 2003. He was elected in 2004 and reelected in 2006, and again in 2012 with almost 70 percent of the statewide vote that year.

For a high-resolution, publication-quality photo of Justice O'Donnell, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/odonnell_highres.zip.