Ohio Judicial Center to be Named for Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer

The Ohio Judicial Center, which houses the Supreme Court of Ohio, is going to be named for Thomas J. Moyer, our late Chief Justice. The official ceremony will be December 2. Interestingly, the naming idea was first floated by then-Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat.  Moyer was a Republican, but the two men developed a great deal of mutual respect, particularly over Strickland’s use of non-partisan panels to recommend lawyers to fill judicial vacancies (full disclosure—I was the chair of one of the two statewide panels).  This naming is apt for another reason—Moyer was responsible for saving the historic old Ohio Departments Building that now houses the Court from the wrecking ball, and instead, overseeing its restoration. The move to the new building in 2004 was the first time the Court had a separate building of its own.

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