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State courts are often faced with cases raising arguments under state and federal law. If there are similar provisions in both the United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution, how should judges interpret these provisions? Must they be interpreted in the same way? If not, then what is needed to justify a court's decision to interpret text in the Ohio Constitution differently than similar (or even identical) text in the United States Constitution?

This panel was held during the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference at the Athletic Club of Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.


  • Hon. Judith French, Ohio Supreme Court 
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Introduction: Matt Kemp, President, Toledo Lawyers Chapter

Athletic Club of Columbus
Columbus, OH