The Importance of State Supreme Courts in America’s Constitutional System
with Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
Where and when
September 17, 2021
12 p.m. ET - 1 p.m. ET
638 Jefferson Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805
John C. Myers
Federalism—the division of power between the Federal and state governments—is vital to the constitutional order that the Founders established. And yet more attention is paid today to the Federal government than the level of government that is closer to the problems confronting everyday Americans. What would we gain through a renewed focus on state governments? More specifically, why are state supreme courts important in our constitutional system?
At this Major Issues Lecture Series luncheon event on Constitution Day, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will answer these questions and more.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the first woman to lead the Ohio judicial branch, has served as a justice since 2003 and as Chief Justice since 2011. Born in the nation’s capital and raised in Strongsville and Parma in Ohio, Chief Justice O’Connor’s career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Lieutenant Governor.