Judith Lanzinger

Beginning in 2005, Judith Lanzinger served in the Ohio Supreme Court until her retirement at the end of 2016 due to mandatory age limits for judges.  She is the only person to ever be elected to all four levels of Ohio’s judiciary—the Toledo Municipal Court, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the 6th District Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.  With her son, Joshua Lanzinger serving on the municipal bench in 2013, it marked the first time a mother and son served together as state court judges.  Lanzinger received both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Toledo where she was valedictorian of her class.  She earned a master’s degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno where she taught trial practice for 18 years.