Judith L. French

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Judith L. French
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Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Appointed by John Kasich
Preceded by Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals
In office
September, 2004 – December 2012
Appointed by Bob Taft
Preceded by Michael H. Watson
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 51–52)
Sebring, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ed Skeens
Children two
Residence Grandview Heights, Ohio
Alma mater

Judith L. French (born 1962) is an American jurist. She was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor John Kasich, to replace Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who resigned. A graduate of The Ohio State University, she previously served as a judge of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals.


Judith L. French graduated from Ohio State University in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.[1][2][3] In 1988 she earned a Master's Degree in History (Military History & Stragegic Studies) from the same university, and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The Ohio State University College of Law, now known as the Moritz College of Law.[1][2][3]

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Supreme Court[edit]

In May, 2012, Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton announced she would retire at the end of 2012.[5] On December 20, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed French to Stratton's unexpired term, which runs through January 1, 2015, effective January 1, 2013.[6][7] No replacement was announced that day for French on the appeals court.[6]


Judith L. French is a Republican, and 50 years old at the time of her appointment.[6] She is a resident of Grandview Heights, Ohio,[7] and is a native of Sebring, Ohio.[8] She is married to Franklin County Common Pleas Magistrate Ed Skeens,[6][4] and has two children.[4]



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