Two Franklin County Judicial Vacancies Filled
Gov. John R. Kasich on Thursday filled two judicial vacancies in central Ohio.
Amy C. O’Grady will take the bench on the Tenth District Court of Appeals on June 3. She replaces Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French, who left the appeals court after her appointment to the Supreme Court in December. O’Grady must run in the November 2014 general election to retain the seat for the unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2016.
Colleen O’Donnell, the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell, will take the bench on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court on May 20. She replaces retired Judge John F. Bender. O’Donnell must also run in the general election next year to retain the seat for the unexpired term, which ends January 6, 2017.
O’Grady graduated from Kent State University in 1996, and earned her law degree from Capital University Law School in 2000. Since 2005, she has worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Crime Victim Services.
O’Donnell received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 2003, and earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2006. Since 2007, she has worked as an associate for Carpenter Lipps and Leland LLP.
O’Grady is a representative on the Ohio Jail Advisory Board, a coordinator for the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness, and previously served as a trustee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio.
O’Donnell is a mentor for the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Ohio program. She has also been involved in several marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons, and is a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in German Village.