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Yvette McGee Brown ’85 Appointed to Ohio Supreme Court

December 10, 2010 | Alumni

Today Yvette McGee Brown ’85 was appointed to a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Ohio and will assume the position Jan. 1. McGee Brown, a former Franklin County judge, will be the first African-American woman to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

As a judge on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas — Domestic Relations Division, she founded programs that are still working for the youth of central Ohio today: SMART, a truancy and educational neglect prevention program, and the Family Drug Court. While president of the Board of Trustees of YWCA Columbus, McGee Brown led the effort to open the area’s first front-door emergency shelter for families.

McGee Brown is also the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a collaboration between Children’s Hospital and the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. She has served on the boards of Ohio University, The Ohio State University, the Columbus Academy, and the Community Shelter Board.

McGee Brown will be appointed to the position by Gov. Ted Strickland. Strickland and McGee Brown were unsuccessful in their run for Ohio’s governor and lieutenant governor in November.

After McGee Brown’s appointment, the Supreme Court of Ohio will include three Moritz graduates. Paul E. Pfeifer ’66 and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’78 are also members.