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Justice Judith French Hosts Mandela Fellows at Supreme Court of Ohio

Justice Judith French Hosts Mandela Fellows at Supreme Court of OhioJustice Judith French hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows for a discussion about the Ohio Judicial system at the Supreme Court of Ohio on July 10, 2017. The Mandela Fellows learned what the process is for a case to be brought to the Supreme Court of Ohio and how justices are elected to the court. In addition to explaining how the legal system in Ohio works, Justice French discussed her background in public service and interest in civic education. The Fellows asked numerous questions about the legal process and what it's like to be a Justice on the highest court in Ohio.

A three-time graduate of The Ohio State University: a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in history (with a concentration in military history and strategic studies), and a J.D., with honors, Justice French became a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio in January 2013 and was elected to her first full term on November 4, 2014. Previously Justice French served the State of Ohio as a lawyer for a state agency, an assistant attorney general, counsel to the Governor, and, as a judge. In 1993, she joined the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as deputy director for legal affairs. From 1997 to 2002, she worked for Attorney General Betty Montgomery as an assistant attorney general, and later as chief counsel. As a justice, she speaks frequently to students from around Ohio, particularly those studying the Ohio Judicial system, whether it be in their classroom or a tour group visiting the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

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