Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger
Lecturer in Law
Justice Lanzinger was elected in 2004 as the 150th justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. During the previous 20 years she was a judge on the Sixth District Court of Appeals, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and the Toledo Municipal Court, giving her experience at every level of the judiciary. Her trial workload included more than 12 death penalty cases.
The first in her family to attend college, she became only the second woman in the United States to earn a master's of judicial studies degree from the National Judicial College and University of Nevada, Reno. The justice received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude with a dual major in education and English from the University of Toledo. Before beginning law school, she taught elementary school while starting a family. Since 1990, she has served on the NJC faculty and has taught judicial courses in seven states, as well as in the former Soviet Union. Justice Lanzinger has been a Lecturer in Law since 1988 at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she was valedictorian of her class.
As a member of many legal and judicial associations, Justice Lanzinger has received numerous awards, one of her favorites being the Toledo Junior Bar's Order of the Heel, given for assistance to young lawyers.
Justice Lanzinger has been a Lecturer in Law and has taught Trial Practice for over twelve years at the College of Law during her time as a trial judge. She taught a seminar on Contemporary State Law Issues in 2006.