Office: Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
Residence: Cincinnati, OH
Website: www.voteforbishop.com; @voteforbishop
Education: J.D. Salmon P. Chase College of Law; M.A. Univ. of Cincinnati; B.S. Univ. of Cincinnati
Work Experience: General Practice since 1984
Family: Married, 4 children (adult) 6 grandchildren
Affiliations: Currently serving as Minister of Music, New Song Ministries (non-denominational); past board president of Avondale rEdevlopment Corp, Burnet Area Business Association, A. B. Miree Charter School. Also past board member Arthritis Foundation.
Endorsements: Hamilton County Democratic Party
Bar Association Ratings: N/A
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Approximately 15 years unofficial referee, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Hamilton County Arbitration Panelist
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
General Practice over 30 years. Experience in all areas that come before the Court, including: Criminal Defense, literally at all levels from traffic violations and misdemeanors to major felonies up to and including homicide. Criminal Prosecution during service as Lincoln Heights Law Director. (General Counsel to City/Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio) Advice to Legislative Authority (Lincoln Heights Council) including construction interpretation and enforcement of ordinances. Service as counsel both plaintiff and defense in civil matters, including matters of equity. Also service as counsel in Probate, Juvenile, and Domestic Relations Courts, all of which are divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. Over 15 years and currently serving as statewide counsel to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Ohio Free and Accepted Masons. Also, my upbringing and maturation in my family’s business gave me insight into the lives and thinking of persons from all walks of life. I have a strong work ethic. I worked as an auto mechanic 6 days per week while attending law school at night. I am a life-long Cincinnatian and I am well tuned to Cincinnati’s community values. I am strongly committed to family. I also have a strong sense that persons should take a greater responsibility for themselves rather than finding fault in others and blaming others for hardship and shortcomings. Adulthood brings responsibility with it.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for the Court of Common Pleas because my diverse experience as an attorney qualifies me better for the position than someone whose entire legal experience has been confined to a single area of law. I am also running because my overall life experience enables me to see more in the person than a police report or civil complaint can reveal.