Anita Laster Mays

Office: For Judge of the Eighth District Court of Appeals
Full Term Beginning 2/12/2021

Age: 55

Residence: Cleveland



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Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Work Experience: Financial Systems Analyst- Metro Health; Assistant Prosecutor – Cleveland; Deputy Director – Cleveland Clerk of Courts; Cleveland Municipal Judge 2004 -2014; 8th District Court of Appeals since 2015.

Family: Married with 3 Children

Affiliations: Baptist/Black Women Political Action Committee/Ohio Bar Association; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association/Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Elected to Cleveland Municipal Court in November, 2003. My term began January 1, 2004, Worked as Mental Health Judge, Drug Court Judge and Weed and Seed Judge (federal program assisting ladies in the sex industry to get out by offering drug treatment, GED and other educational opportunities, housing and job training) Elected as judge in November, 2014 to the 8th District Court of Appeals. Term begin February 12, 2015 to February 11, 2021.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Working as a financial systems analyst allowed me to understand government financial systems since being a judge you must work with budgets. Additionally, I worked as an assistant city prosecutor and deputy director in the criminal division of the clerk of courts. These positions uniquely qualified me for the position as I gained inside knowledge of the court’s operations and procedures. As a prosecutor, I perfected my legal skills and then after leaving the prosecutor’s office, I worked as a defense attorney. I was able to work on both sides as well as learn the administrative process. All of these skills qualifies me to be a judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running to retain my seat as appellate court judge of the 8th district.