While most of you will be celebrating this New Year’s Eve, my night will be bittersweet. At midnight Dec. 31, 2016, my time as a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio comes to an end. So this is my last post.
The Ohio Constitution says that anyone who reaches age 70 cannot run for a judicial term, and that includes re-elections. Although I’ll no longer be a full-time judge, the doors are wide open for me in 2017 and beyond.
A retired judge can serve by assignment if appointed by the Chief Justice. As someone who has served at all court levels it is possible that I might be called on to be a “visiting judge.” And of course I expect to continue my work in education. After all, once a teacher, always a teacher. My blog posts explaining the court system have been a pleasure to write and I hope you have enjoyed reading them.
During 31 years as an active judge, I’ve met wonderful people and dedicated professionals who care very much about our justice system. No court operates in a vacuum, and it takes many individuals doing their jobs well to assure fairness under the law. I would like to thank each and every one who worked with me over the years. You all will be missed!
The Court has created a great goodbye video for me. Click the arrow to watch.