XENIA — Two Ohio Supreme Court justices will be speak at the next Xenia Republican Women’s Club meeting.
Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French will be the featured presenters as the club opens its September meeting to the public, 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Bob Hope Auditorium inside Xenia High School. The Justices will discuss the role of the Ohio Supreme Court in Ohioans’ daily lives and the process of hearing cases.
A question-and-answer session will be followed by the opportunity to meet the justices. This open meeting of XRWC free and open to all.
Kennedy is a distinguished graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Law. She began her career as a law enforcement officer in Butler County, beginning in a road patrol unit, also serving in undercover operations and as a civil assistant. After establishing her own law practice, she served as special counsel for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, fighting on behalf of Ohio’s taxpayers to collect monies due to the State of Ohio.
Kennedy also served as administrative judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division prior to her election as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice.
A graduate of The Ohio State University Law School, French has served the Ohio Supreme Court since Jan. 1, 2013. She has also served in the Ohio Attorney General’s office as an assistant attorney general. She has argued two cases as lead counsel before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Ohioans, one successfully argued being the Cleveland schools voucher case. French also served as chief legal counsel to Governor Bob Taft as chair of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Task Force.
French was also a judge on the 10th District Court of Appeals for eight years, authoring more than 800 legal opinions.