May 17, 2013
Justice O'Donnell Serves on National Panel

During a national symposium panel presentation today, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell shared his perspective that civility does matter in advocacy work.

The 2013 American Inns of Court three-day conference in New Orleans focused on advocacy and professional representation in the 21st century.

Justice O’Donnell joined two attorneys and a professor for a panel presentation titled: “Advocacy in an Impersonal World: Does Civility Matter?” Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice Douglas S. Lang served as the moderator.

“Just as integrity and honor are absolute necessities for those engaged in the practice of law,” Justice O’Donnell said, “I believe civility is just as important an obligation of a lawyer, whether to the client, to opposing counsel, or to the court. No matter how civil discourse has been abandoned in the outside world, the legal profession should set an example and act with civility.”

Nearly 30 years ago, the American Inns of Court was founded to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness.

Justice O’Donnell has been a member of the state judiciary for more than 25 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. Additionally, he recently participated in a national forum on professionalism and mentoring at the University of South Carolina.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.

For a high-resolution, publication-quality photo of Justice O'Donnell, visit: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/PIO/news/images/justices/odonnell_highres.zip.