Justice Sharon Kennedy is seeking election to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, which is currently held by age-limited Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.
Justice Kennedy began her career in the justice system as a police officer at the Hamilton Police Department. During her time as an officer, Justice Kennedy worked undercover operations, implemented crime prevention programs, and later, as a civil assistant, assisted in drafting police policy and procedure for the Accreditation Program.
In 1991, after obtaining her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Justice Kennedy ran a small business of her own as a solo practitioner. While in private practice she served the legal needs of families, juveniles and the less fortunate.
Later, as special counsel for Ohio Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery, Justice Kennedy fought on behalf of Ohio’s taxpayers to collect monies due the state of Ohio. As a part-time magistrate in the Butler County Area Courts, Justice Kennedy presided over a wide array of civil litigation and assisted law enforcement officers and private citizens seeking the issuance of criminal warrants for arrest.
Before being elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2012, Justice Kennedy served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division beginning in 1999. From 2005 until December 2012, Justice Kennedy served as the administrative judge of that division. During her time as administrative judge, she improved the case management system to ensure the timely resolution of cases for families and children. Working with state legislators she championed a “common sense” family law initiative to reduce multiple-forum litigation for Butler County families.
Justice Kennedy has demonstrated her commitment to preserving the integrity of the judicial branch by respecting the rule of law.