March 14, 2012
O'Connor, O'Donnell Jointly Present Session on Ohio Constitution

Two members of the Ohio Supreme Court led a continuing legal education program Tuesday night focused on “What Every Lawyer Should Know About the Ohio Constitution.”

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justice Terrence O’Donnell served as the presenters during a discussion moderated by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professor and former Dean Steven Steinglass at a meeting of the Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court.

Chief Justice O’Connor’s remarks centered on cases in which the Ohio Supreme Court found state constitutional protections for individuals’ rights above and beyond cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court based on the federal constitution. She also referenced an upcoming Forum on the Law lecture by Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Sutton, in which he will discuss the importance of state constitutional law.

Justice O’Donnell commented on several recent decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court involving interpretation of the Ohio Constitution including tort reform in Arbino v. Johnson & Johnson; home rule in American Financial Services Corporation v. City of Cleveland and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Inc. v. City of Clyde; and application of the Modern Courts Amendment in Havel v. Villa St. Joseph

The sixth woman and 148th Justice to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, Chief Justice O’Connor was elected as Justice in 2002, re-elected in 2008 and elected as Chief Justice in 2010. She’s also a member of the Manos Inn of Court and a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall.

Justice O’Donnell has been a member of the state judiciary for more than 25 years and has served on trial and appellate courts before being elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. He began his service on the Ohio Supreme Court in 2003 and was elected in 2004 and 2006. His current term will expire in December 2012. He also clerked for Judge Manos at the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

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