SEARCH Chair Appoints New At-Large Member

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Steven C. Hollon
SEARCH Chair Francis X. "Paco" Aumand is pleased to announce his appointment of Mr. Steven C. Hollon as the newest At-Large Member on the SEARCH Membership Group. The appointment is effective January 22, 2010; it lasts for two years, and is subject to renewal. (See sidebar for more details on SEARCH At-Large Members.)

Mr. Hollon is Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a position he has held since 1999. In conjunction with the Chief Justice, the Justices of the Court, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and the judges of the state, he is responsible for developing and communicating the long-term vision, values and direction of the Court and the judicial branch of Ohio government. In addition, he is responsible for providing oversight to all eight divisions of the Court consisting of more than 260 employees, and administering an annual Judiciary/Supreme Court budget of more than $130 million.

Mr. Hollon also assists in developing emerging issues, including providing staff support for special projects, initiatives, and task forces. He also —
  • develops and maintains relationships with the legislative and executive branches of Ohio government, including monitoring legislative activity on matters of interest to the Court and the judicial branch
  • maintains liaison activity with the bar associations and law schools of the state
  • supervises staff assistance to the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence, the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, and follow-up monitoring to the Ohio Courts Futures Commission and the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness.

Mr. Hollon's legal career began as a judicial law clerk with the Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals; he later became that court's administrator. He then engaged in the private practice of law in Hamilton, Ohio, before becoming the administrator and senior staff attorney of the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals in Dayton, where he served until he assumed his current duties.

Mr. Hollon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and is President-elect of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He also serves as Chairman of the Ohio United Way and is a Fellow in the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

SEARCH Executive Director Ronald P. Hawley is very pleased to have a new At-Large Member in place. "SEARCH has a long-standing record of strong court representation, and I believe Steven will continue that important tradition," he said.