Briefing Room



Following her calling: Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 prepares for next chapter in advocacy

As a trial judge in Franklin County, Ohio, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 often stared down from her bench at defendants buckling under the weight of more than just lengthy criminal records. They were dealing with mental health issues that contributed to the […]

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Judge handles difficult, sensitive cases

As a domestic relations and juvenile judge in Henry County, Ohio, Denise Herman McColley ’81 is more than just an observer in her courtroom. Often, she is put into the role of an advocate for children and advisor to couples in turmoil.

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Justice Stratton’s 10 tips for success

Before retiring from the bench at the end of 2012, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 shared her 10 tips for success for law students and new attorneys.

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Alumna appointed to Ohio Supreme Court

Thankfully, Judith French ’88 had found the hand crank on the side of the lectern the last time she argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. She knew just how many turns were required to lower the lectern […]

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Career clerk enjoys research, thinking like judge

Jill Ringel Hart has been at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan as a career clerk for 19 years and says it’s “the best job in the entire world.”

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Helmick ’88 confirmed as federal judge

Toledo lawyer Jeffrey Helmick ’88 was confirmed as a federal district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio with a 62-36 vote from the United States Senate June 6. Helmick’s confirmation came about a […]

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Timothy Barnes ’95 to serve as bankruptcy judge

A partner in the restructuring and insolvency group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Timothy Barnes ’95 has been appointed as bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Barnes was appointed by Chief […]

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Judicial Waiting Game

After a statewide selection process, federal review, recommendations by both U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich ’66, and introduction before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Toledo lawyer Jeffrey Helmick ’88 has been nominated as a fed­eral […]

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Effects of housing crisis ripple to bench

Judge Peter J. Kontos ’79 has seen society shift and change over his nearly 15 years on the bench in Northeast Ohio.

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Yvette McGee Brown ’85 Appointed to Ohio Supreme Court

Today Yvette McGee Brown ’85 was appointed to a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Ohio and will assume the position Jan. 1.

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Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins ’85 Honored with William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award

Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins ’85, U.S. Bankruptc y Judge, Southern District of Ohio, has long been driven to be not only the best attorney and judge that he can be, but also the best person.

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