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Franklin University Hosts First Event in Criminal Justice Speaker Series

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Coumbus, OH —

Franklin University’s College of Health & Public Administration is pleased to present its new Criminal Justice Speaker series, a speakers series featuring extraordinary criminal justice professionals sharing their experiences within the criminal justice system.

The series will present its inaugural event on Monday, May 7 beginning at 7 p.m. with featured speaker Maureen O’Conner, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.  Justice O’Connor will share her insights and experiences with students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in gaining an insider’s perspective of this dynamic field.

Chief Justice O’Connor is the 10th Chief Justice in Ohio history and is the first woman to lead the Ohio judicial branch. She first joined the Supreme Court of Ohio as an associate Justice in January 2003 and was re-elected in November 2008 and then as Chief Justice in 2010.   Her career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Supreme Court Justice. She earned her bachelor of arts at Seton Hill College in 1973 before going on to earn her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1980.

Chief Justice O'Connor was appointed a magistrate in Summit County in 1985 and became a common pleas court judge in 1993. She became the Summit County prosecuting attorney in 1995 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1998. She became the governor's chief advisor on criminal justice issues, serving as director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and as chair of Ohio's Security Task Force and the State Building Security Review Committee. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, she led the state in its response to new threats of terrorism working with law enforcement, Ohio EMA and The Department of Homeland Security. In 2002 she was elected the 148th Justice to the Court, the sixth woman to join the Court, giving the Court its first-ever female majority. Since being sworn in as Chief Justice in January 2011, Chief Justice O'Connor has pursued an extensive agenda for strengthening the third branch of Ohio government in a number of key areas.

The Criminal Justice Speakers series is just one more example of Franklin’s innovative approach toward serving both its students and creating value-added benefits for the community.

As a leader in educating working adults, the University’s professionally experienced criminal justice faculty assists students in developing the skills necessary for success in the growing field of criminal justice. Franklin’s B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program provides the skills to meet the increasing educational requirements for personnel in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, or court administration.  Designed with the inside knowledge of leaders in law enforcement and the U.S. court system, our on-campus or online Criminal Justice classes are taught by instructors from a variety of related jobs, such as corrections officers, detectives, and private security professionals.  By studying curriculum that focuses on the preservation and maintenance of social order, students are well-prepared for jobs at the local, state, and federal levels. And because the criminal justice field is growing rapidly, students can anticipate much career opportunity.

Franklin University Criminal Justice Speaker Series
Featuring Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court – Maureen O’Connor|
Monday, May 7, 2012
7 p.m.
Ross Auditorium
Alumni Hall on Franklin's Main Campus - Downtown
301 E. Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio

So mark your calendars and join us on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for an insider’s look at the world of criminal justice. Admission is free and is open to all interested members of the community.   RSVP today to: before May 2.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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