Come celebrate as the Courthouse turns 100!

On October 18th of 1919, Senator Warren G. Harding stood behind a podium on the steps of the newly constructed Hamilton County Courthouse and declared,

“It is a very fitting thing in dedicating this temple of justice and seat of government to dedicate ourselves anew to these two great fundamentals which underlie all civilization. Justice is the very foundation on which civilized society is builded (sic) and orderly government is liberty itself.”

On October 18th, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine and many other dignitaries will again stand on those same steps to celebrate the centennial of this temple of justice and open the door to the next 100 years.

The celebration will begin at 11:30 with music, a small ceremony and remarks from the governor. The festivities will then move in-doors where a reception with a buffet lunch will be provided (register here to save your spot). Music from a rag time band and a jazz trio will reverberate through these hallowed halls in a way that President Taft probably never imagined when he laid the building’s cornerstone one April day in 1915, but which serves as a perfect complement to our current grand occasion.

During the reception, several giants of the local legal community will be honored for their contributions to the cause of justice and various activities will be set up around the Courthouse to celebrate the anniversary in style.

While you’re here, don’t forget to preorder your copy of the Hamilton County Courthouse book! Judge Melba Marsh of the Court of Common Pleas has been hard at work researching and collecting all of the facts and stories about the Courthouse that she could find and has compiled them all into a book. Scheduled to be published after the centennial, Judge Marsh’s book is a love letter to the “grand old lady” that she has revered and served her entire life.

The event is free and open to the legal community, but law firms have the opportunity to purchase a table at the Centennial Celebration reception and place a half-page add in Judge Marsh’s book. Interested firms should contact Law Library Director Lauren Morrison at 946-5300 or