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Sharon L. Kennedy

Sharon L. Kennedy

For Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
Full Term Beginning 1/1/2023

*Top Vote-Getter in Primary Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    Liberty Township
  • Email
    kennedy4justice2@gmail.com
  • Website
    kennedyforohio.com
  • Social Media
    twitter.com/KennedyforOhio
    facebook.com/KennedyforOhio
  • Age
    60
  • Occupation
    Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Education

    Juris Doctor, University of Cincinnati, College of Law (1991)

    Bachelor Degree of Social Work, University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work (1984)

  • Work Experience

    OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 2012–Present

    Associate Justice

     

    COMMON PLEAS COURT, DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION 1999–2012

    Administrative Judge/Judge

     

    PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998

    Attorney at Law – General Practice  

    Effectively and successfully handled criminal, civil, juvenile, probate and domestic relations litigation and appellate matters.

     

               BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS  1995–1998

               Magistrate & Warrant Officer

     

               BUTLER COUNTY JUVENILE COURT 1996–1997

               Warrant & Compliance Officer  

     

                OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETTY D. MONTGOMERY 1995–1998

                Special Counsel 

     

                FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 38 1991–1998

                Disciplinary Counsel 

     

    BUTLER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 1989–1991

    Director, Victim/Witness Division 

    Law Clerk for the Honorable Matthew J. Crehan, Judge

     

    HAMILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT  1985–1989

     Police Officer 

     Civil Assistant 

  • Family
    Single
  • Affiliations

    Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church

    Butler County Bar Association

    The Federalist Society

    Ohio Judicial Conference

    Ohio State Bar Association

  • Endorsements

    Boilermakers Local #105

    Buckeye Firearms Association

    Cement Masons & Plasterers Local #886

    Cincinnati Right to Life PAC

    Conservative Republican Leadership Committee

    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #688

    Iron Workers Local #44 IPAL

    NFIB Ohio PAC

    Ohio Bail Agents Association

    Ohio Business Roundtable PAC

    Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC

    Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Governess PAC

    Ohio Fraternal Order of Police

    Ohio Manufacturers’ Association PAC

    Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association

    Ohio Value Voters

    Roofers Local Union #134

    Toledo Police Command Officers' Association (T.P.C.O.A.)

    Tri-State Building and Construction Trades

    Leadership Fund, Toledo Chamber of Commerce

    OSMA PAC

    G-PAC

    Ohio Society of CPA's

    National Rifle Association

  • Bar Association Ratings

    https://www.judge4yourself.com/judicial-candidate-ratings/

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 2012–Present

Associate Justice

 

COMMON PLEAS COURT, DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION 1999–2012

Administrative Judge/Judge

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998

Attorney at Law – General Practice  

           BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS  1995–1998

           Magistrate & Warrant Officer

 

Abbreviated Candidate Answers

OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 2012–Present

Associate Justice

 

COMMON PLEAS COURT, DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION 1999–2012

Administrative Judge/Judge

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998

Attorney at Law – General Practice  

           BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS  1995–1998

           Magistrate & Warrant Officer


Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998

Attorney at Law – General Practice  

Effectively and successfully handled criminal, civil, juvenile, probate and domestic relations litigation and appellate matters.

 

           BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS  1995–1998

           Magistrate & Warrant Officer

 

           BUTLER COUNTY JUVENILE COURT 1996–1997

           Warrant & Compliance Officer  

 

            OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETTY D. MONTGOMERY 1995–1998

            Special Counsel 

 

            FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 38 1991–1998

            Disciplinary Counsel 

 

BUTLER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 1989–1991

Director, Victim/Witness Division 

Law Clerk for the Honorable Matthew J. Crehan, Judge

 

HAMILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT  1985–1989

 Police Officer 

 Civil Assistant 

Abbreviated Candidate Answers

PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991–1998

Attorney at Law – General Practice  

Effectively and successfully handled criminal, civil, juvenile, probate and domestic relations litigation and appellate matters.

 

           BUTLER COUNTY AREA COURTS  1995–1998

           Magistrate & Warrant Officer

 

           BUTLER COUNTY JUVENILE COURT 1996–1997

           Warrant & Compliance Officer  

 

            OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL, BETTY D. MONTGOMERY 1995–1998

            Special Counsel 

 

            FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 38 1991–1998

            Disciplinary Counsel 

 

BUTLER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 1989–1991

Director, Victim/Witness Division 

Law Clerk for the Honorable Matthew J. Crehan, Judge

 

HAMILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT  1985–1989

 Police Officer 

 Civil Assistant 


Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am running for the Chief The role of the Chief Justice is unique.  The Chief manages the daily operations of the Supreme Court of Ohio while addressing the needs of Ohio's courts and setting the vision for the future.  I am uniquely qualified to serve as Ohio's next Chief Justice.    

I have served Ohioans and their communities in the justice system for 37 years - from police officer, to attorney, to trial court judge, and now a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.  During the last eight years of my service in the trial court I served as the administrative judge of the division performing the same executive tasks that a Chief Justice performs.  Ensuring the timely resolution of cases, overseeing and managing the daily operation of the division and effectively resolving issues by working from the premise, "Would the people be better served?"

While serving the legal needs of families and the less fortunate in private practice I partnered with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division to teach life-skills to juveniles to break the cycle of recidivism.  As a trial court judge I collaborated with Butler County Jobs and Family Services and implemented a jobs program to help breakdown the barriers and obstacles to those in need of gainful employment.  I also facilitated the Abuse Neglect Improvement Project with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division. And during tough economic times I formed and facilitated the Budget Workgroup and the Advisory Committee to the Budget Workgroup which developed sound fiscal policies for Butler County. 

As an Associate Justice I have initiated “Lean Forward: Advancing the Treatment of Veterans Across Ohio” and annual statewide summit.  Through that work I have educated sheriffs, judges, magistrates, and probation and parole officers about the treatment resources available for justice-involved veterans.   And I have maintained an active speaking schedule talking to civic organizations and students about our tripartite system of government, the Ohio judicial system and how it affects our daily lives, gives audiences a look behind the scenes at the Ohio Supreme Court and discusses the common misperceptions of the Right of Free Speech.  I also encourage young people to chase their American Dream by sharing her journey from police officer to Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

As Ohio's next Chief Justice I will continue my "Lean Forward" initiative and will collaborate with local judges, community leaders and the people who access the courts to address the needs of the people Ohio courts serve from the premise "would the people be better served".  Foremost, is the need to timely resolve cases in the aftermath of COVID-19, strengthen and grow specialty courts, address criminal justice reforms while still protecting the safety of victims and communities, and help the people learn more about the judges who serve their communities.

Abbreviated Candidate Answers

See above.