Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Nazareth Academy Class of 1969
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor's love of the law has led her down a groundbreaking path that has included making history by becoming the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
That milestone was a defining moment in a 30-year legal career dedicated to public service that has included stints as a lawyer, magistrate, Common Pleas Court Judge, prosecutor and Lieutenant Governor.
"My judicial roles have been enhanced by my education and my family," says the Chief Justice.
"The message was always to do the very best you can to serve others."
Chief Justice O'Connor first joined the Supreme Court of Ohio in January 2003 as an Associate Justice.
became the 148th Justice to the court, the sixth woman to join the court, and gave the court its first-ever female majority.
She was re-elected in 2008 and on January 1, 2011 began her service as the 10th elected Chief Justice of Ohio.
Since then, she
has pursued an ambitious agenda for strengthening the third branch of Ohio government in a number of key areas, including budget, judicial elections, diversity, and the death penalty.
Chief Justice O'Connor is a frequent speaker for the many bar associations, law schools and legal organizations in Ohio and nationally.
She is a member of the Executive Board of the Conference of Chief Justices.
has been active with many women's organizations, offering mentoring and leadership advice.
currently resides in Akron and is active in her
Chief Justice O'Connor has two sons, Alex and Edward.
Maureen will earn a combined Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degree.
"I had not seriously considered becoming a physician until I took Honors Anatomy my sophomore year," shared Maureen
, who wants a medical career specializing in neonatal care.
In addition to working toward a career in medicine, Maureen is captain of the Varsity volleyball team, a volunteer at the International Women's Air & Space Museum, an SJA ambassador and a member of the Model United Nations and Latin clubs.
is following in the footsteps of other alumnae who have been admitted into the NEOMED
program: Liz Looney '02, who was recently featured in a Crain's
Cleveland Business story, and Bethany Davis '10.