Supreme Court of Ohio to hold session at UT College of Law April 9

April 7, 2014 | Events, UToday, Alumni, Law
By Rachel Phipps

The Supreme Court of Ohio will hold court in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium at The University of Toledo College of Law Wednesday, April 9.

Members of the Ohio Supreme Court posed for a photo.

Members of the Ohio Supreme Court posed for a photo.

As part of the court’s Off-Site Court Program, the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear and consider oral arguments in three cases.

More than 350 juniors and seniors from 11 area high schools will attend. Volunteers from the Toledo Bar Association, with the assistance of several law students, will explain Ohio’s judicial system and review case materials with the high school students before the session. Students will then meet after the court’s session with the case attorneys to debrief and discuss the legal issues. Law students also will attend the oral arguments.

“We are honored to host the Supreme Court of Ohio in its session here, its first since 1987, and the first ever at The University of Toledo College of Law,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students and hundreds of students from area high schools to observe our state’s highest court in action.”

The court will review the termination and reinstatement of a former Cedar Point executive, along with two other cases, when it convenes on Main Campus.

The event will give Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, who received a law degree from UT in 1977, the opportunity to hear cases at her alma mater. A member of the court since 2005, Justice Lanzinger is a Toledo resident and a former trial and appellate judge in Lucas County.
The Off-Site Court Program was founded in 1987 by the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and is designed to teach Ohioans about the state’s judicial system. Twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the Supreme Court relocates from Columbus to hold session in another city, selecting a different county each time. The Supreme Court last sat in Lucas County in 1987, the first year of the program.

The College of Law is hosting the court in conjunction with the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Wednesday’s oral arguments will begin at 9 a.m., will be carried live online at, and broadcast live on the Ohio Channel.

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