Ohio Supreme Court Justices Visit Mount Union

June 14, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The four women justices of the Ohio Supreme Court visited Buckeye Girls State (BGS) delegates at the University of Mount Union on Thursday morning.

As part of the 66th annual BGS program, selected delegates participated in a question and answer session with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and justices Evelyn Lyndberg Stratton, Judith Ann Lanzinger and Yvette McGee Brown.

Justices spoke on the topic, “The Power of One,” and the concept that one individual can change the world. Delegate’s questions spanned a variety of topics, including personal and professional obstacles, cases they have presided over, balancing work and family and how the judicial system works. Those in attendance were encouraged to use their talents and engage in public service. They were told that if they plan to pursue a law career, they should focus on doing a lot of reading, listening, thinking, speaking and writing.

“You have to have thick skin if you’re going into public service, McGee Brown said. “It’s important to have solid friends and family to support you.”

The justices’ presentation was recorded and will be broadcast on the Ohio Channel at noon and 8 p.m. on June 15 and 5 p.m. on June 24.

BGS, in its 66th year, is a program for girls between their junior and senior year of high school. Girls are selected to participate in the program and are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary unit, which pays the cost of their attendance. During the weeklong event, participants are assigned to a city (residence hall) on campus and one of two mythical political parties. The event includes a caucus, campaigning and primary and general elections. During the later part of the week, delegates function in appointed and elected jobs.

This is the second consecutive year that BGS has been held on Mount Union’s campus.

Ohio Supreme Court at BGS

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