November 19, 2013
Justice O’Donnell Serves on Judicial Panel at Inn of Court Presentation

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell participated in an Inn of Court Appellate Advocacy presentation on November 19.  He served with Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton and Judge Bernice B. Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on an appellate panel where members of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court argued the case of Barnes v. Glen Theatre under current law.

The case involved an Indiana public nudity law as it applied to nude dancers at the Kitty Kat Lounge and other adult establishments in South Bend, Ind.  Justice O’Donnell served at the invitation of U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett who facilitated the program.  Judge Robert Ringland served as moderator during the open deliberations of the panelists, the discussion of arguments, and the techniques of counsel who argued the case.  The members of the Inn then listened to portions of the original argument presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Appellate advocacy is a specialized skill, and I enjoy participating on these panels as a way to strengthen oral advocacy in the state of Ohio,” Justice O’Donnell said.

Justice O’Donnell has been a member of the state judiciary for more than 30 years and has served on both the trial court and appellate court before being elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. He began his service on the Ohio Supreme Court in 2003 and was elected in 2004, 2006, and 2012.

Since joining the Supreme Court, he has led statewide efforts to increase professionalism among lawyers and judges across Ohio. His leadership culminated in the implementation of a Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program that is recognized nationally as one of the finest in the United States. He regularly speaks on topics of ethics, professionalism, and appellate advocacy, and also supports the expansion and strengthening of lawyer mentoring in Ohio.

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