Updated Tue, May 22, 2012 3:56 pm
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton plans to retire at year's end, with two years left on her term.
Stratton said in a resignation letter released Tuesday that she has decided to "pursue a different course" helping mentally and physically disabled veterans caught up in the criminal justice system.
She is one of six Republicans on the 7-member court. Her seat would be filled by Republican Gov. John Kasich.
Stratton went law school at Ohio State University. She started her legal career as a trial lawyer in the courtrooms of central Ohio. She was the first woman elected judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 1989. She was appointed to the state's high court in 1996, and was elected to a third term in 2008.