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justice dewine with cody miller and michael herdlick

Justice DeWine Visits TU

by George McCarthy

Tiffin University was pleased to welcome Justice (R) Pat DeWine of the Ohio Supreme Court, on March 21. Justice DeWine enlightened students on the role he takes on the Supreme Court, the path he has taken since graduating from Miami University as an undergraduate, and how his current re-election campaign is going, as he looks to earn a seat for another six-year term. 

justice dewine speaking with the students

Approximately 30 TU students were in attendance to hear Justice DeWine speak in the Osceola Theatre in Tiffin University’s Gillmor Student Center. Dr. James Gucker’s sports law class made up part of the audience.

Despite admitting to loving his time as a lawyer, Justice DeWine then moved on to serve as a sitting member of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and the Cincinnati City Council. Realizing he preferred the law aspect of his work as opposed to the political side, Justice DeWine saw an opening to become a judge at the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. He did this for four years, before moving to the First District Court of Appeals, a role he also worked in for another four years. Justice DeWine has served at all levels of the Ohio judiciary, and is keen to extend his longevity in the world of Ohio law, as he is up for re-election this year, as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice.

Justice DeWine, who is the son of the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine, began by outlining his experience and expertise in the field of law, and gave insight into the various roles he has served within the industry. A member of the varsity track and field team at University of Michigan Law School, Justice DeWine graduated in the top ten percent of his class, and was subsequently selected for a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals, before moving on to work for one of Cincinnati’s top law firms, Keating, Meuthing & Klekamp. 

justice dewine speaking with the students

Justice DeWine is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati Law School, where he teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure. Additionally, he has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio government and politics, as well as American courts. 

The floor was then opened to students for a question and answer session, and audience members fired questions to Justice DeWine, inquiring about the most common case the Ohio Supreme Court faces, why he got into practicing law in the first place, any relevant sports law cases that have been heard and the toughest part of being a Supreme Court Justice. There are many layers and responsibilities to being a justice, but DeWine states that “protecting your constitutional rights is the most important thing that we do.” 

Justice DeWine was then given a tour of the Tiffin University campus, led by Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Michael Herdlick and Cody Miller, President of TU’s Student Government. Tiffin University is extremely thankful to Justice DeWine for coming to campus and allowing students to gain valuable knowledge and insight into how higher levels of law work in the state of Ohio and we hope to see him back on campus in the near future.