Selecting Ohio’s Judges: A Debate on Elections and Alternatives

Columbus Lawyers Chapter

Speakers:

  • Hon. Cliff Taylor, Former Justice, Michigan Supreme Court and Visiting Professor, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Bill Weisenberg, Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs, Ohio State Bar Association
  • David Owsiany, Senior Fellow in Legal Studies, Buckeye Institute and Executive Director, Ohio Dental Association (Moderator)

Speakers:

  • Hon. Cliff Taylor, Former Justice, Michigan Supreme Court and Visiting Professor, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Bill Weisenberg, Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs, Ohio State Bar Association
  • David Owsiany, Senior Fellow in Legal Studies, Buckeye Institute and Executive Director, Ohio Dental Association (Moderator)

Should Ohioans continue to select judges by popular election, or should we employ alternative means such as appointment by committee and/or retention elections? The issue is heating up in Ohio, with several significant judicial seats in play this year and key figures voicing their support for legislation or ballot initiatives to change the way we choose judges. Please join us as Former Michigan Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and the Ohio State Bar Association's Bill Weisenberg engage in a lively discussion on the pros and cons of electing judges or choosing them by alternative means. The debate will be moderated by David Owsiany, Senior Fellow in Legal Studies for the Buckeye Institute and Executive Director of the Ohio Dental Association.

The cost is $20.00 ($5.00 for students), and lunch is included. Members and non-members alike are always welcome. RSVP to Maurice Thompson at mthompson@buckeyeinstitute.org or 614-224-4422. Pay at the door or in advance by cash or by check (to "The Federalist Society," P.O. Box 1434, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1434). To join the Columbus Lawyers Chapter, include an additional $25.00 payable to The Federalist Society. We look forward to seeing you on January 25.