The judicial screening committee was formed to recommend an individual to fill the vacant justice position on the Ohio Supreme Court left open due to the recent resignation of Justice Bill O’Neill.
AKRON, Ohio (PRWEB) January 23, 2018
Marshal Pitchford, an attorney and partner with the Akron law firm DiCaudo Pitchford & Yoder (DPY), was recently appointed to a judicial screening committee for the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor of Ohio John Kasich. The committee was formed to recommend an individual to fill the vacant justice position on the Ohio Supreme Court left open due to the recent resignation of Justice Bill O’Neill.
This is the second appointment of Pitchford to the committee by Governor Kasich; the other appointment took place in 2012. Pitchford is one of only two repeat committee members who does not work directly for the governor’s office. Pitchford also serves on the Akron Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Candidates, which performs important work in evaluating the candidacies of individuals for judgeships in the municipal, appeals, probate, common pleas and juvenile courts.
Other members of the screening committee include Michael Grodhaus, Chief Counsel, Governor’s Office; Diane Brey, Deputy Chief Counsel, Governor’s Office; Jonathan Adler, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Gregory Stype, a Columbus lawyer in private practice; and Cynthia Dungey, attorney and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) director.
“I’m honored to have been selected by Gov. Kasich for this extremely important job,” said Pitchford. “I know the committee will be able to reach a decision that will be in the best interest of the entire state of Ohio.”
Pitchford’s regional practice primarily focuses on representing public entities, though he has experience working for clients in both the private and public sectors. DiCaudo Pitchford & Yoder was rated a Tier One firm in litigation and public law by the U.S. News & World Report for the past four years.
Among his accomplishments, he has earned the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, was named to The Best Lawyers in America ranking (2010-present) and was selected as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2009-2014).
“I am grateful to be able to represent the city of Akron on this committee and bring my experience to the deliberation,” said Pitchford.
The committee began their screening process on Jan. 11. Governor Kasich’s final decision is expected in the coming weeks.
On the Supreme Court of Ohio, there is a chief justice and six justices who are elected to six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. In the case of a vacancy occurring between elections, the governor makes the final appointment. This is the second time Governor Kasich has had the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the highest court in Ohio.
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