Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown to speak at OU-C ‘Recognition of Graduation’ event

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 8 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor Chillicothe Campus students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2011-12 academic year.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on June 7 in the Shoemaker Center.

Justice McGee Brown has been a trailblazer throughout her career. She became the first African-American woman to serve as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, joining the court in January 2011. She was previously the first African-American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

A common theme throughout her professional and community work is her advocacy for children and families.

She was first elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division in 1992. As lead Juvenile Court judge, Justice McGee Brown led the creation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention effort.

Justice McGee Brown served on the Common Pleas Court until 2002, when she retired from the bench to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She served as founding president until 2010, when she became candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio.

Justice McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism/public relations, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University. She later served on the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

She is the former chair of the United Way of Central Ohio, The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the National Council of the OSU Moritz College of Law. In 2008, Justice McGee Brown was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. Among her honors, she has received the Champion of Children’s Award, YWCA Women of Achievement Award, Women of Color Woman of the Year, Girl Scout Great Award and several honors from Ohio University and the Ohio State University.

“I am very pleased that Justice McGee Brown has agreed to deliver the keynote address during our graduation event, and I look forward to hearing her remarks,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “As an individual whose career has been dedicated to advocating for others, particularly those who are most vulnerable, she brings a perspective that is especially relevant to our graduating students. On the Chillicothe Campus, we emphasize to our students the importance of ‘paying forward’ and using their talents and knowledge to help others. Consequently, Justice McGee Brown’s perspective should especially resonate with our graduating students as they embark on their own career paths.”

“Further, as an alumnus and former board member of Ohio University, it is especially fitting for Justice McGee Brown to address our students, who are joining the ranks of proud Ohio University alumni,” Tuck said.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

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