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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Visits Gilmour

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French spoke to Gilmour students on October 4, 2018. Mr. Matthew Lindley, Social Studies Department Chair, planned her visit to allow students to ponder different careers in law and politics.

From arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to serving as an appellate judge and now a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice French was able to give students a better understanding about the court system.

She discussed the process for cases to make to the court, how they are decided, and the challenges justices have in ruling controversial and emotional cases.

Judith L. French

Justice French grew up in Sebring, Ohio, a small town in Mahoning County. In the early stages of her career, Justice French worked for Attorney General Betty Montgomery as an assistant attorney general, and later as chief counsel.

Gwen Mascha (’21) said, “In Justice French’s speech, she went in to great detail about how the judges vote on cases and how they write the dissent for each appeal. She also talked about her background as an environmental lawyer and how she had two of her cases go to the supreme court, which is a great accomplishment.”

One of the cases French argued before the United States Supreme Court was the Cleveland School Vouchers case. Serving as lead counsel, Justice French’s successful presentation of the state’s position helped ensure equal educational opportunities for every Ohio student.

Gwen Mascha plans on having a career in law and politics. She said, “An interesting thing that I learned from her speech is that she has encountered multiple cases she could not be part of. She mentioned that one law suit was against her own insurance company, and since her husband is a lower court judge, she had to step out of the cases that include him.”

The Ohio Supreme Court seats seven Justices, now including Judith L. French.

Images for this article were obtained in accordance with “Fair Use” from https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov.

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Lejun (Angela) Liu was born on January 22, 2002 in Beijing, In 2016, Angela was admitted to Gilmour Academy as a Freshman. In Angela’s sophomore year at Gilmour, she found herself interested in journalism and media. Having interned at a television production company over the summer, Angela is excited to continue her path in journalism with the Lance. Angela is also passionate about doing service works, especially helping young people and people with special needs. In the future, she wishes to on to more service trips to help out people in different countries. Angela also enjoys reading different types of literatures and wants to incorporate what she has learned from professional writers' writings into her own work. Working with the Lance, Angela’s aspiration is to make positive impacts on the world through her own ideas and writings. For additional publications Angela contributed to, please check here: https://gilmourlance.org/author/lance-staff/