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Ohio Northern University to host Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown

Sep 2, 2011

The Ohio Northern University chapter of the Black Law Students Association will host “So You Want to Be A Lawyer: A Question-and-Answer Session with Justice McGee,” on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Celebrezze Moot Court Room.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown will answer questions from law students and students interested in pursuing a legal career.

Brown, who became the first African-American woman to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2011, began her career in 1992 when she was the first African-American elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile division. Under this position, she created the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, an intervention program.

In 2002, she retired from the court to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The center serves children and families who are experiencing abuse. In addition to her legal career, Brown is an active community member, having served on numerous boards including Ohio University, the Ohio State University Medical Center board, the National Council of the OSU Moritz College of Law, M/I Homes Inc., and Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio. She also has served as the chair of the United Way of Central Ohio and on the YWCA Columbus Board of Directors.

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