Alan Eugene Norris

Hon. Alan Eugene Norris
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Address: 540 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
100 E. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3988
Phone: (513) 564-7000
Fax: (513) 564-7097
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since July 1, 2001

Appointed 1986 by Ronald Reagan
Bar Admissions:
Ohio, 1960
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986
Honors: Root-Tilden Scholar

New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1960

Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, 1957
Honors: With Honors

Sorbonne University, Paris, France, 1956
Honors: Certificate

Published Works:
Book: Baldwin's Ohio Domestic Relations Law, Chapter 69, Appeals, 1984

Articles: Ohio's New Criminal Code, Ohio Bar, Feb. 5, 1973

Legislative History of Ohio's New Criminal Code, Cleveland State Law Review, Winter, 1974

Divorce Reform, Ohio Style, Ohio Bar, Sept. 16, 1974

Divorce Reform: Ohio's Alternative to No-Fault, State Government, Winter, 1975

Modern Courts: The Next Step, Ohio Bar, Nov. 15, 1976

Financing Alcohol Abuse Programs - Where Do We Go From Here?, Ohio's Health, Mar/April, 1977

Shock Treatment for Felons in Ohio, State Government, Winter, 1977

How Do You Feel About Shock Parole?, The Columbus Dispatch, April 5, 1977

Public Financing of Campaigns Is a Hoax, The Columbus Citizen-Journal, May 9, 1977

Divorce Reform Revisited, Ohio Bar, June 27, 1977

Should Ohio Repeal Its Little Hatch Act?, The Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 26, 1977

Ohio Has Its Own Unknown Soldier, The Columbus Dispatch Magazine, Dec. 10, 1978

How to Check the Power of Our Federal Judiciary, State Legislatures, January, 1979

A New Bill for Public-Sector Collective Bargaining in Ohio, Agenda For Management, Spring, 1979

Ohioans Better Served by Citizen Legislators, The Public Employee News, July, 1979

The Battle of Piqua, The Columbus Dispatch Magazine, Aug. 3, 1980

Equal Justice: Promise is Eroded by Practice, Ohio Bar, 1986

Ohio's Divorce Reform Act - Expectation and Realization, 13 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 173, 1986

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, Business Law, Otterbein College, 1976 - 1980

Honors and Awards:
Outstanding Young Man Award, Jaycees, 1967

Public Service Resolution of Honor, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1971

Honorary Kentucky Colonel

Legislator of the Year, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1972

Special Achievement Award, Otterbein College, 1973

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Otterbein College, 1989

Doctor of Humane Letters, Otterbein College, 1991

Distinguished Service Award, Westerville Jaycees, 1967

Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1991

Eagleton Institute, (Rutgers University), Seminar for Outstanding State Legislators, 1969

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Capital University Law School

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association

Institute of Judicial Administration

United Methodist Children's Home, 1970 - 1982

Oberlin College, 1986 - 1995

Ohio State Bar Association, 1970
Member, Electronic Reporting Committee

Ohio State Bar Association, 1961 - 1964
Member, Modern Courts Committee

Columbus Bar Association, 1961 - 1964
Member, Professional Ethics Committee

Columbus Bar Association, 1964 - 1967
Member, Real Property Committee

Columbus Bar Association, 1967 - 1972
Member, Judiciary Committee

Columbus Bar Association, 1969 - 1970

Columbus Bar Association, 1972 - 1974
Member, Legislative Committee

Columbus Bar Association, 1976
Member, Ad Hoc Committee on the Bar

Westerville Historical Society

Ohio Historical Society


Counsel of State Governments, 1967 - 1976
Member, Committee on Suggested State Legislation

Ohio American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1975 - 1980

Ohio Constitutional Revision Commission, 1971 - 1977

National Legislative Conference, 1973 - 1976
Member, Reapportionment Committee

Federal Elections Commission, 1976 - 1977
Member, Advisory Panel

Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association, 1981 - 1986
Co-chair, Legislative Committee

Ohio Judicial Conference, 1981 - 1986

Ohio Judicial Conference, 1984 - 1986
Co-chair, Legislative Committee

Judicial Conference of the United States
Committee on the Administrative Office

Sixth Circuit Judicial Council, 1986 - 2001
Executive Committee Member

Ohio House of Representatives, 1967 - 1980
State Representative

Ohio House of Representatives, 1973 - 1978
House Minority Whip

Westerville Zoning Board of Appeals, 1962 - 1966

Ohio State Bar Association
Election Reporting Committee

Otterbein College, 1986 - 1995
Board of Trustees

Franklin County Republican Central Committee, 1962 - 1980

Past Employment Positions:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Judge, 1986 - 2001

Ohio Court of Appeals, Tenth District, Judge, 1980 - 1986

Ohio House of Representatives, Minority Whip, 1973 - 1978

Ohio House of Representatives, Member, 1967 - 1980

Metz, Bailey, Norris & Spicer, Partner, 1966 - 1980

Metz, Bailey, Norris & Spicer, Associate, 1962 - 1966

City of Westerville, Assistant Law Director and City Prosecutor, 1962 - 1966

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, Associate, 1961 - 1962

Chief Justice Kingsley A. Taft, Ohio Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1960 - 1961

Birth Information:
1935, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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