February 29, 2012
Justice Lanzinger Speaks at Appellate Judges Seminar

Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger spoke at the Ohio Appellate Judges Seminar on Feb. 23.

Justice Lanzinger, along with C. Michael Walsh of the Ninth District Court of Appeals, discussed the newly released Supreme Court Writing Manual that took effect Jan.1 and will be used by the court in writing judicial opinions. It replaces the former Manual of Citations used by the court.

The new Writing Manual is divided into three sections concerning citations, style and judicial opinions. Justice Lanzinger spoke to the appellate judges as the chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio Style Manual Committee and presented an overview of the manual, which may if a court wishes, be adopted by any district court of appeals for its own use. 

“In the first part we modified a few idiosyncratic Ohio citation rules; in the second part we stated certain style preferences; and in the third part presented examples that can assist in drafting well-written opinions,” Justice Lanzinger said to the judges. “Although the manual’s use is not mandatory for courts other than ours, we will be pleased if it is helpful in other legal writing.”

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College hosted the daylong seminar. Besides learning more about the Writing Manual, the appellate judges also attended sessions on promoting professionalism on and from the bench, final appealable orders, and appellate court technology.

Now serving her second six-year term on the Supreme Court, Justice Lanzinger is the only person ever elected to every level of Ohio’s judiciary. The 150th Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, she previously served on the Sixth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court. Her varied judicial experience allows her a unique perspective of the state court system.

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Justice Lanzinger, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/lanzinger_highres.zip.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.