April 8, 2014
Chief Justice O’Connor Speaks at National Symposium

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor on April 3 participated in the 8th Annual Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium at Albany Law School in New York.

More than 200 law students and experts attended the event hosted by the Albany Law Review. The theme of the conference was “Exceeding Federal Standards” and panelists addressed the role of state supreme courts in protecting citizens’ rights when state constitutions exceed the rights found under the Federal Constitution.

Chief Justice O’Connor served as a panelist at the symposium speaking about the Ohio Constitution. She addressed protections under Ohio state laws compared to federal courts.

Several other state judiciary members joined Chief Justice O’Connor on the panel including New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner; Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer; Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jack L. Landau; New York Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo; and New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood.

The group also discussed historical differences, state constitutional and common law history, and societal differences among the states.

Last year, Chief Justice O’Connor published an article in the Albany Law Review titled “The Ohio Modern Courts Amendment: 45 Years of Progress” (76 Alb. L. Rev. 1891).

For a high-resolution, print-quality photo of Chief Justice O'Connor, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/oconnor_highres.zip.