Supreme Court justices to speak at Lincoln Day dinner
Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French will address local Republicans Monday, Feb. 24 during the Clinton County Republican Party’s 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner in the Expo Center, at the Clinton County Fairground, at 958 W. Main St., Wilmington.
Opening with a social time at 6 p.m., the Lincoln Day program will get underway at 6:30 p.m., according to Clinton County Republican Party Chairman Geoffrey A. Phillips. In keeping with a recent local tradition, a portion of the program will precede the start of the dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m.
“Our annual event will celebrate the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president,” Phillips said.
“Indeed, there is a great honor for Clinton Countians to hear from two of the four women justices presently serving among the seven-member Ohio Supreme Court,” he said. Kennedy and French join Judith Lanzinger and Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor in serving on the current Ohio Supreme Court.
Prior to her term on the Ohio Supreme Court, Sharon L. Kennedy served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, since 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012, Kennedy served as the administrative judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division.
Serving as the administrative judge, Kennedy improved the case management system to ensure the timely resolution of cases for families and children. Working with state legislators she championed a common sense family law initiative to reduce multiple-forum litigation for Butler County families, stated a news release.
Beginning her legal career as a solo practitioner, Kennedy ran a small business of her own. While in private practice she served the legal needs of families, juveniles and the less fortunate.
Kennedy began her career in the justice system as a police officer. She was assigned to a rotating, shift-single officer road patrol unit working to protect and serve the citizens of the City of Hamilton.
Judith L. French became the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court on Jan. 1, 2013. She was appointed by Gov. John R. Kasich on Dec. 20, 2012.
Prior to her appointment, French served at the Tenth District Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Franklin County courts and state administrative agencies. She was elected to the appellate court in November 2004 and served until her appointment.
French began her state service in 1993 as deputy director for legal affairs at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. She was also an associate counsel at Steelcase Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., and an associate at the Columbus law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she practiced environmental law.
Reservations for the dinner – with tickets at $25 each – can be made by contacting Phillips, Central Committee Chairman Brian Prickett, party Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Linkous or any member of the Clinton County Republican Central Committee.