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Judge Joyce A. Campbell is the Ohio Judicial Conference Chair

Judge Joyce Campbell3.png Judge Joyce A. Campbell has been a judge for the Fairfield Municipal Court since 1999 and has presided over a specialized mental health court docket since 2001 and an OVI docket since 2008. Prior to that she seved as a prosecutor, a trial attorney, an arbitrator and mediator, and a police professional. Judge Campbell received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and her Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law (cum laude). Judge Campbell has performed community service as a member of many boards and clubs, including the Children's Diagnostic Center Board of Directors, Inc., the Fraternal Order of Police #97, the Fairfield Fair Housing Board, was Pesident of the Butler County Mental Health Board, former President of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio, Inc, and was on the Board of Trustees for the Judicial College. She is a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Fairfield Women, Ohio Farm Bureau, Commission on Specialized Dockets, Co-Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, ASTAR (Advancanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource) Fellow, Ohio Judicial Conference Specialized Dockets Committee, Board of Trustees for Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, Board of Trustees for NAMI of Ohio, and Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Mental Health Courts for the Attorney General's Taskforce on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness. Judge Campbell is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky, the U.S. District Courts - Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Campbell's speech upon taking the Ohio Judicial Conference Chair Seat.

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, Retired 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.  Retired 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.

Retired 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.


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.