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Sept. 22, 2009
Ohio Judges Named ASTAR Fellows

An additional 14 Ohio judges were honored last week as ASTAR Fellows for completing 120 hours of coursework on complex science and technology issues and a scientific literature research project. Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer handed out plaques Thursday marking their achievement at the Ohio Judicial Conference annual meeting.

The national ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource) non-profit educational institution prepares judges to preside over cases involving complex scientific issues and equips them to serve as gatekeepers of the admissibility of cutting-edge science and technology issues that are increasingly coming before Ohio’s courts.

Judicial leaders formed ASTAR in 2005 after realizing that new developments in science and technology presented new and unique challenges for judges. Chief Justice Moyer serves as vice chairman of the ASTAR board of directors and chairman of the National Resource Judge Program Oversight Committee.

Ohio and Maryland spearheaded ASTAR, which offers standardized training to judges around the country to handle the increasing volume of complex, high-tech cases on court dockets. Throughout the year, the judges participate in sessions focused on forensics, agricultural science, reproductive medicine and computer science. Participating judges have made five-year commitments to continue their scientific training through ASTAR.

To date, 36 Ohio judges are part of the 233 judges nationally who have completed the curriculum to attain ASTAR Fellow status.

Learn more about the ASTAR program.

Editor’s note: The following is a list of Ohio’s new ASTAR Fellows:

Judge Eric Brown Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Joyce A. Campbell Fairfield Municipal Court
Judge Christopher Collier Medina County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Sean C. Gallagher 8th District Court of Appeals
Judge Thomas H. Gerken Hocking County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Cheryl S. Karner Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas-Domestic Relations Division
Judge Charles A. Schneider Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh Summit County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Michael Ward Athens County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Thomas D. White Holmes County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Beth Whitmore 9th District Court of Appeals
Judge Mark K. Wiest Wayne County Court of Common Pleas
Judge William H. Wolff Jr. (retired) 2nd District Court of Appeals
Judge Norman G. Zemmelman Lucas County Court of Common Pleas-Domestic Relations Division

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.