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Nov. 4, 2002
Moyer Launches Court Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts

Chief Justice Thomas Moyer today announced the formation of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts.

The 20-member committee, made up of judges, magistrates, and various professionals who specialize in child and family issues, will make recommendations on court reform matters related to family law. Judge David Basinski of the Lorain County Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court and Helen Jones Kelley of Montgomery County Children Services will co-chair the committee.

Family laws issues are critical not only in juvenile court, but also in domestic relations court, in probate court and in other courts to a limited degree.

Moyer noted that advisory committees help the court system adopt and reform to meet the needs of the future.

"The committee will make recommendations on how best to implement various family-law initiatives. Their input will help us determine how the Ohio court system can best serve children and their families," Moyer said.

The committee, which meets for the first time this Wednesday, will review family law topics including:

Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts

Judge David Basinski, Co-Chair Lorain County Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court Kathleen Clark, Ph.D.
Galion City Schools
Judge Denise Cross
Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court
Judge Brad Culbert
Sandusky County Probate/Juvenile Court
Rick DeHeer, Ct. Administrator
Stark County Family Court
Judge Carol Dezso
Summit County Domestic Relations Court
State Sen. Jim Jordan Urbana Republican Helen Jones-Kelley, Co-Chair
Montgomery County Children Svcs.
Sue Ellen Kohler, Clerk
Auglaize County Common Pleas Court
Judge Thomas Lipps
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Kathy Lopez, Clerk
Clark County Juvenile Court
Linda Lovelace, Ct. Administrator
Butler County Domestic Relations Court
Diane Palos, Magistrate
Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court
Mark Rhoades, Director of Diversion
Athens County Probate/Juvenile Court
Barbara Riley, Deputy Director
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
Alexandria Ruden
Legal Aid Society, Cleveland
Judge Russell Steiner
Licking County Domestic Relations Court
Judge Thomas Swift
Trumbull County Probate Court
Sarah Vollmer
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Robert Wistner, Designee
Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus

Contact: Chris Davey at 614.387.9250