Conversation with Justice Judith French (invite only)

March 4, 2014 | 1/14/14 12:10 pm - 1/14/14 1:15 pm

Justice Judith L. French became  the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court on January 1, 2013. She was  appointed by Gov. John R. Kasich on December 20, 2012.

Prior to her appointment, Justice  French served at the Tenth District Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from  Franklin County courts and state administrative agencies. She was elected to  the appellate court in November 2004 and served until her appointment.

Prior to becoming a judge,  Justice French served as chief legal counsel to Governor Taft. Dedicated to public service, Justice French  also served as an assistant attorney general and then chief counsel in the  office of Attorney General Betty Montgomery from 1997 to 2002. While there, she argued twice in the United  States Supreme Court. Most recently, she  argued on behalf of the State in the Cleveland school vouchers case.

Justice French began her state  service in 1993 as deputy director for legal affairs at the Ohio Environmental  Protection Agency. She was also an  associate counsel at Steelcase Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an associate  at the Columbus law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she  practiced environmental law.

Justice French has earned a B.A.  in Political Science, an M.A. in History (Military History & Strategic  Studies), and a J.D. (with honors), all from The Ohio State University. She  currently serves as a member of the Moritz College of Law National Council.

Justice French grew up in Sebring, Ohio, a small town  in Mahoning County and was a mentor and tutor in the Columbus public  schools. Justice French resides in  Grandview Heights with her husband, Ed Skeens, who is a Magistrate in the  Franklin County Common Pleas Court, and two children, Julia and Joseph.

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