About Us
Judge Paula C. Giulitto is the Ohio Judicial Conference Chair

 Judge Paula C. Giulitto has been a judge for the Portage County Domestic Relations Court since 2011. Before taking her position on the bench, Judge Giulitto practiced law for 18 years, with a focus on family, probate, and civil law.  She received her JD from the University of Akron School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Miami University. 

During her tenure, she has worked with the University of Akron School of Law to start the Domestic Relations Court Clinic.  The Law School Clinic facilitates legal representation to financially challenged litigants and provides litigation experience to upper-year law students who obtain legal intern certification.  She has also worked with the Portage County Bar Association to start a Domestic Relations Clinic which affords Portage County residents, not already represented by legal counsel, the opportunity to receive a free 30-minute consultation regarding domestic relations issues, regardless of their income.

In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Giulitto is the Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference.  She serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference’s Domestic Relations Law & Procedure Committee, Judicial Education Committee, and Legislative Committee.

Judge Giulitto is the Chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on the Rules of Superintendence.  She is the Immediate Past President of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges. 

Retired Justice Paul Pfeifer is the Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Director

Retired Justice Paul Pfeifer grew up on his family's dairy farm near Bucyrus and still resides just down the road. His first job after graduating from The Ohio State University School of Law was as an assistant attorney general trying eminent-domain cases associated with the building of Ohio's highway system. Traveling the state gave him an appreciation for Ohio's county courthouses, architectural jewels that are the crossroads of life in our towns and cities.

In 1972, Retired Justice Pfeifer became a partner in the law firm of Cory, Brown & Pfeifer, where he practiced — primarily as a trial and tax lawyer — for 20 years. He also served several years as an assistant county prosecutor.  Retired Justice Pfeifer served in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly, including one term in the House of Representatives and four terms in the Senate. He held a variety of leadership posts in the Senate, and served as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 years. His proudest legislative accomplishment was crafting the legislation creating the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.

Retired Justice Pfeifer was first elected to the Supreme Court in 1992. Upon retirement from the Supreme Court, he became the Executive Director of the Ohio Judicial Conference in January of 2017.


The Ohio Judicial Conference is an independent statutory entity within the judicial branch of government.

Ohio Revised Code Section 105.91 sets forth our purpose:

  • To study the co-ordination of the work of the several courts of Ohio,
  • To encourage uniformity in the application of the law, rules, and practice throughout the state and within each division of the courts as an integral part of the  judicial system of the state;
  • To promote an exchange of experience and suggestions respecting the operation of the judicial system; and
  • To consider the business and problems pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations for its improvement.