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May 25, 2012
Cleveland-Marshall Honors Chief Justice O'Connor

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor thanked the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Thursday for being named one of two 2012 Alumni of the Year.

A 1980 law school graduate of Cleveland-Marshall, Chief Justice O’Connor received a plaque during an awards luncheon at one of the largest annual gatherings of lawyers in the state.

In her acceptance speech, Chief Justice O’Connor said she was humbled to be selected. She also affirmed the value of a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall.

“The law degree I earned at Cleveland-Marshall laid a foundation, set me up for success and sent me on my way,” she said. “Thank you for this award, and thank you Cleveland-Marshall.”

Each year the alumni association honors two distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, leadership and service to the community. James A. Lowe of Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill, who graduated from the law school in 1972, was also honored. 

As part of the event, each of Chief Justice O’Connor’s colleagues on the Supreme Court congratulated her in a video that was shown at the luncheon.

Chief Justice O’Connor is the 10th chief justice in Ohio history and is the first woman to lead the Ohio judicial branch. She first joined the Supreme Court as a justice in January 2003. She was re-elected in November 2008 and then as chief justice in 2010.

Born in the nation’s capital, but raised in Strongsville and Parma, Chief Justice O’Connor’s career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Supreme Court justice.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Seton Hill College in 1973.

Read Chief Justice O'Connor's complete biography.