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Retired Justice Paul Pfeifer is the Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Director

Shriver-James.jpgRetired Justice Paul Pfeifer grew up on his family's dairy farm near Bucyrus and still resides just down the road. His first job after graduating from The Ohio State University School of Law was as an assistant attorney general trying eminent-domain cases associated with the building of Ohio's highway system. Traveling the state gave him an appreciation for Ohio's county courthouses, architectural jewels that are the crossroads of life in our towns and cities.

In 1972, Justice Pfeifer became a partner in the law firm of Cory, Brown & Pfeifer, where he practiced — primarily as a trial and tax lawyer — for 20 years. He also served several years as an assistant county prosecutor.  Justice Pfeifer served in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly, including one term in the House of Representatives and four terms in the Senate. He held a variety of leadership posts in the Senate, and served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 years. His proudest legislative accomplishment was crafting the legislation creating the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.

Justice Pfeifer was first elected to the Supreme Court in 1992. Upon retirement from the Supreme Court, he became the Executive Director of the Ohio Judicial Conference in January of 2017. 

Judge James A. Shriver is the Ohio Judicial Conference Chair

Shriver-James.jpg Judge James A. Shriver serves as the Judge of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court Probate/Juvenile Division. He was a former judge of the Clermont County Municipal Court for over 18 years.  Through the years, Judge Shriver has been an active member of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Shriver has served on the Specialized Dockets Committee, the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, the Committee on Community Corrections, the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee and the Probate Law and Procedure Committee. Judge Shriver co-chairs the Court Administration Committee. Judge Shriver presently chairs the Commission on Specialized Dockets of the Ohio Supreme Court and is Past-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee and the Traffic Law Committee of the OSBA, and a past president of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio.  Judge Shriver has received the President's Award for Judicial Excellence from the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio as well as the distinguished C.J. McLin Award from the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. Other recognitions include the Wasserman Champion Award given for championing innovative services for consumers of mental health, alcohol and drug addiction services, the Safety and Justice Award from Clermont 20/20 and an award from the Clermont County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. Judge Shriver organized Ohio's first OVI Court and now has a Family Dependency Treatment Court to address the needs of drug addicts who children have been removed and placed in the temporary custody of Children's Services.

The Ohio Judicial Conference is an independent statutory entity within the judicial branch of government.

Ohio Revised Code Section 105.91 sets forth our purpose:

  • To study the co-ordination of the work of the several courts of Ohio,
  • To encourage uniformity in the application of the law, rules, and practice throughout the state and within each division of the courts as an integral part of the  judicial system of the state;
  • To promote an exchange of experience and suggestions respecting the operation of the judicial system; and
  • To consider the business and problems pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations for its improvement.