Supreme Court Hires Reporter of Decisions
Jason (Jay) Macke.
Jason (Jay) Macke.
The Supreme Court of Ohio on Tuesday voted to hire law clerk Jason (Jay) Macke as its new Reporter of Decisions.
Macke, who joined the Supreme Court in July 2013 and serves as one of three senior judicial attorneys for Justice William M. O’Neill, will begin his new duties on October 6.
Macke will lead the office that is responsible for editing, reporting, and publishing the Supreme Court’s opinions, rulings on motions, miscellaneous orders, and rule amendments. The Reporter’s Office also posts to the Supreme Court’s web site opinions from the Supreme Court, the courts of appeals, the Court of Claims of Ohio, and selected trial courts. In addition, the reporter manages the process of reporting the justices’ votes on individual cases.
Article IV, Section 2(C) of the Ohio Constitution requires the Supreme Court to report all its decisions including its reasoning.
Macke said he’s excited to work with the justices and the staff in the Reporter’s Office.
“I am grateful to the Court for allowing me this opportunity, and look forward to serving the Court and working closely with the Assistant Reporters to continue the tradition of accuracy of information and excellence in distribution that has always distinguished the Office of the Reporter,” he said.
Previous to serving Justice O’Neill’s office, Macke worked for nearly six years in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender most recently as the supervisor of Legal Services in the Appeal and Postconviction Section. Macke was also the office’s designee to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission. In addition, Macke held the positions of trial attorney in the Athens Branch and supervisor of Intake and Prison Legal Services for the public defender’s office. His experience also includes serving as staff attorney for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Justice for Children Project, as an attorney in private practice for five years, and as staff attorney to Judge Stephen Shaw of the Third District Court of Appeals.
Macke graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He received his law degree from Moritz, where he was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and was a Public Service Fellow.
“On behalf of the justices, we look forward to working with Jay Macke as the newly selected Court reporter,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said.
Macke and his wife Joy have two dogs.