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Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice to be Recognized
Thomas Moyer '64 will be presented with the William K. Thomas Award during the annual Hooding Ceremony
May 10, 2005
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer '64
Thomas Moyer '64, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio since 1987, will be presented with the William K. Thomas Award during the annual Hooding Ceremony at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 13 at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus.
The award, presented by the college's law alumni society, is given to a graduate whose personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom and equality exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system. It is named for the late William K. Thomas, '35, a former federal judge in the Northern District of Ohio and the first recipient of the award in 2000.
As chief justice, Moyer has shaped new initiatives including developing educational programs for children to help them learn about Ohio's justice system and strengthening the ethics of professionalism through developing rules governing the conduct of lawyers and judges.
Moyer is the past president of the Columbus Bar Association and the Columbus Board of Education. He chaired the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Alumni Association and is on the Board of Trustees of Franklin University. He also chaired the Criminal Sentencing Commission and in 1995-1996, he chaired the national Conference of Chief Justices, during which he testified before Congress and briefed the U.S. Attorney General on issues facing the state justice system.
Prior to serving as chief justice, Moyer served as a judge of the Court of Appeals for Franklin County (Ohio), as executive assistant to the Ohio Governor, and was in private practice.
The Hooding Ceremony symbolizes the passage from student to graduate. This year, more than 200 graduates of the college will participate. The Honorable Richard J. Goldstone, who served as a justice on the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994-2003, will speak during the ceremony. Currently the Henry Shattuck Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, he is one of the world's leading jurists in constitutional law, human rights, and war crimes and has been deeply committed to promoting human rights in his own country and abroad.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law organizations.