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Law College Dean David C. Crago is master of ceremonies at the swearing in ceremony for Robert Cupp

Judge Robert R. Cupp was sworn in on January 2nd as the 151st Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio in a ceremony held in the Ohio Judicial Center's Supreme Court Courtroom. Justice Cupp recently was elected to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Alice Robie Resnick.

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer gave the oath of office. Justice Cupp comes from the Third District Court of Appeals, which serves 17 counties in northwest and west central Ohio and is headquartered in Lima.

David C. Crago, dean of the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University, Justice Cupp's alma mater, served as the master of ceremonies.

"It's a day of great joy and celebration, and the day to reflect on the accomplishments and the promise the future holds for Justice Cupp," Dean Crago said. "Justice Cupp is a man of exceptional ability committed to public service. He is a man dedicated to justice and possesses impeccable integrity. Those qualities - commitment, ability, dedication, and integrity - should lead him to becoming one of the outstanding members of this already outstanding court."

Justice Cupp's legal career stretches three decades and includes a private law practice of more than 25 years, 16 years as a member of the Ohio Senate, and service as Lima City prosecutor and assistant law director and Allen County Commissioner. He has served on the appeals court since 2003.

"In accepting this responsibility I think it is noteworthy that the 150 individuals before me have taken the oath and have served on this Court since Ohio's statehood in 1803," Justice Cupp said. "Individual members come and go, but the Court and the important work of the Court of administering justice goes on."

In welcoming Justice Cupp to the Court, Chief Justice Moyer said he and fellow Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Maureen O'Connor, Terrance O'Donnell and Judith Ann Lanzinger are honored to have someone of his character join them.

"This is a special person," Chief Justice Moyer said of Justice Cupp. "In his public service, there are few who come to this bench who have had a greater variety of experiences that prepare one for the very difficult decisions that we make."

During his time with the Senate from 1985 and ending in 2000, Justice Cupp served as president pro tempore, the second-ranking leader in the Senate, from 1997 through 2000. He also served as chairman of the Commerce and Labor Committee, the Civil Justice Subcommittee, and the Legislative Information Systems Committee. At various times he was a member of the Judiciary, Finance, Education, Agriculture, Ways and Means, State and Local Government, Rules, Joint Legislative Ethics, and Legislative Service committees.

Born and raised in rural Allen County, Justice Cupp graduated from Columbus Grove High School and received his undergraduate degree in political science from Ohio Northern University and his juris doctorate from the university's Pettit College of Law. He also served as a visiting professor at Ohio Northern, teaching judicial process and a leadership studies seminar.

Justice Cupp is a two-time recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, and a recipient of the Robert E. Hughes Memorial Award from the Ohio Association of Elected Officials.

Justice Cupp is married to Libby and they have two sons, Matthew, BS '02 and Ryan, a senior at ONU.

Video from today's ceremony can be viewed online at