Chief Justice O’Connor Tapped for Federal/State Advisory Role
In December, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will attend her first meeting of a national committee that studies the interplay of issues between federal and state courts and advises the policy-making body for the federal judiciary.
U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. appointed Chief Justice O’Connor, who accepted in the summer, to a three-year term on the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. The Judicial Conference of the United States created the 14-member committee in 1987, “to study proposed changes in federal jurisdiction and to serve as a liaison with the state courts.”
Committee members include courts of appeals judges, district court judges, a bankruptcy judge, a magistrate judge, and state supreme court chief justices. Many of the issues considered by the committee relate to bills introduced in Congress, and the committee sometimes initiates statutory amendments.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to add another state court perspective to the committee,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “As first vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices, I will also bring issues of concern of that organization’s membership.”