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April 24, 2012
Third District Judge Hears Supreme Court Case

Judge John WillamowskiJudge John Willamowski of the Third District Court of Appeals served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio today and heard oral arguments in the case involving Ohio’s legislative redistricting.

Judge Willamowski was selected to sit in place of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton,who recused herself from Wilson v. Kasich, (Case No. 2012-0019). The case centers on whether the Apportionment Board violated the Ohio Constitution in redrawing the boundaries of Ohio House and Senate districts in 2011.

According to the Ohio Constitution, in the event of a recusal by a justice, the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court can select any of the 69 sitting Ohio appellate court judges to sit temporarily on the Ohio Supreme Court.

In 2006, Judge Willamowski was elected to the Third District Court of Appeals where he has served as the presiding judge and as the administrative judge. The Third District Court of Appeals serves 17 counties in northwest Ohio, and hears cases from county, municipal and common pleas courts as well as original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo and quo warranto.

“The opportunity to be part of the Supreme Court panel and to hear oral arguments at the highest level of our state court system was a distinct honor,” Judge Willamowski said.

Before his election to the bench, Judge Willamowski engaged in the private practice of law for more than two decades. He was appointed to and served a total of five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives beginning in 1997 and ending in 2006 as a result of Ohio’s legislative term limits. By special appointment of the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, Judge Willamowski served on the Supreme Court’s Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigants.

Judge Willamowski earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Ohio Northern University.

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