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Judith L. French ‘88 appointed to federal judiciary’s national policy-making body

June 21, 2016 | Alumni

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French ‘88 has been appointed to serve a three-year term on an advisory committee of the federal judiciary’s national policy-making body, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. She was appointed by U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on June 13. Her term begins on Oct. 1.

The committee was established in 1935 to help draft the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which took effect in 1938. Today, advisory committees on appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal procedure, and evidence rules carry on a continuous study of the rules and recommend changes to the Judicial Conference.

Committee members include federal judges, practicing lawyers, law professors, state court justices, and high-level officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and federal public defender organizations.

“I am grateful to be appointed to this position, and I hope to contribute to effective judicial administration through my participation,” Justice French said.

Justice French first came before the U.S. Supreme Court during her time as an assistant attorney general in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where she argued two cases before the Court.

Read more about her appointment here in Court News Ohio.