Joy Malek Oldfield

Joy Oldfield

Office: Summit County Common Pleas Court

Age: 40

Residence: Akron, OH  

Email: joymoldfield@gmail.com

Website: www.judgejoy.com; https://www.linkedin.com/in/joy-malek-oldfield-469414116?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profilehttps://www.facebook.com/judgejoyoldfield/

Occupation: Judge – Akron Municipal Court

Education: J.D. from the University of Akron; B.A. from John Carroll University (Sociology, concentration in Criminology)

Work Experience: Administrative/Presiding Judge – Akron Municipal Court (2015-present); Presiding Judge – Akron Recovery Court (2013-present); Judge – Akron Municipal Court (elected 2011); Magistrate – Summit County Common Pleas Court (2011); Partner – Hill Hardman Oldfield (formerly Hill/Co, LPA) (2007-2010); Associate – Scanlon & Gearinger Co., L.P.A. (2000-2006)

Family: Married with three children

Affiliations: Advisory Board Member – Akron Community Foundation Women’s Endowment Fund; Advisory Committee Member – Oriana House; Board Member – Dapper Dan Youth Charities; Member – Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (founding member of Municipal Section); Member – Summit County Opiate Task Force; Member – Ohio State Bar Association; Member – Akron Bar Association; Fellow – Akron Bar Association Foundation; Finance Committee Member – St. Vincent de Paul Parish; Member – Christ Child Society of Akron; Secretary – Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association; Cheerleading Coach – Catholic Youth Organization

Endorsements: http://www.judgejoy.com/endorsements

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge of the Akron Municipal Court (elected 11/8/2011) Presiding Judge of the Akron Recovery Court (elected in 2013) (Ohio Supreme Court certified, and re-certified) Administrative/Presiding Judge of the Akron Municipal Court (elected for 2014-2015 and re-elected for 2015-2016) Magistrate to Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer, Summit County Common Pleas Court (2011)

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I served as a trial lawyer for over ten years in the Common Pleas Court, and other courts across the State. I handled high-dollar, high stakes litigation and appeals during that time, and served on the local and State-wide board for trial lawyers (Summit County Association for Justice; Ohio Association for Justice). I was AV-rated as an attorney – the highest rating available; and was awarded the 30 for the Future Award from the Chamber of Commerce, designed to recognize those who make an impact in our region through dynamic leadership and community service. Additionally, I was identified by Cincinnati Magazine Super Lawyers as a Rising Star during the time I was in private practice (2007, 2010 and 2011). Of course my work as a lawyer helped prepare me in the substantive areas of law, and I’ve authored articles and presented educational seminars for lawyers and judges on various topics. But my practice as a lawyer also helped me to understand the need for a fair and impartial justice system for all those who appear in Court. I’ve always been actively involved in my community, through service and leadership roles for the organizations I serve. I’ve listed those organizations elsewhere in this profile. That active volunteer service helped me to better understand the community I’m serving. I’m CIT trained (Crisis Intervention Team), so that I am better prepared to understand and effectively deal with situations involving individuals with mental illness, because a large population of defendants in the criminal justice system are suffering from mental illness. I’m the mother of three, and I’ve been a parent for over nine years now. The job of a mom is very much like the job of a judge. Moms are the final decision makers in arguments amongst the kids and just like judges are the final decision makers in the courtroom. Both jobs require patience so that each person has an opportunity to be heard, a good temperament so that you don’t escalate the situation, and a firm hand to make the right decision. My overall experience as a lawyer, employee, employer, business owner, community volunteer, mother and wife shaped my decision to run for judge in 2011, and, combined with my years of judicial experience, make me uniquely qualified to assume the role of a Summit County Common Pleas Judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have strong judicial experience and demonstrated commitment to our Summit County community. JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE: I’ve served as an Akron Municipal Court Judge for almost five years. During that time, I’ve worked in the recovery community, as the Presiding Judge of the Akron Recovery Court since 2013. That Court assists with misdemeanor offenders suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction. Through my work on that Court, we’ve been certified twice by the Ohio Supreme Court. As Recovery Court Judge, I’ve collaborated within my own Court, and with other Courts across the county to provide those services to offenders in the northern part of our County, so that we efficiently manage our community’s limited resources. My peers elected me to serve as the Administrative/Presiding Judge of our Court for two years in a row. In that role, I oversee our Court’s multi-million dollar budget, and manage over 50 employees. I’ve assisted in improving our workplace for all employees, and been actively involved in activities that foster camaraderie and support, such as organizing our first Akron Municipal Court retreat in 2015. I have a proven record of trusted service as a judge who considers the needs of the community, and makes good decisions in tough cases. COMMUNITY: Leaders need to understand their community. I am a lifelong Summit County resident. I’m one of five children who were born and raised here. My husband and I are raising our three children here. I’ve been an active volunteer in a number of community organizations for over fifteen years, identified above. That community service has led me to many leadership roles within those organizations, as a Board Member or Honorary Chair for an event. Whether stuffing envelopes or leading a luncheon, I’ve remained committed to groups who strengthen our community and improve the lives of the people living here. Because I’m invested in my community, I’m invested in my job. I’m keenly aware that the decisions I make in the courtroom affect the community outside that building.

Stephanie Hanna

 

Stephanie Hanna

Office: Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Age: 33

Residence: Dublin, OH

Email: hannaforjudge@gmail.com

Website: www.hannaforjudge.com

Occupation: Attorney

Education: B.A. – Michigan State University; J.D. – University of Toledo College of Law

Work Experience: Prosecutor; Owner – The Hanna Law Firm, LLC; Judicial Staff Attorney; Litigator, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP; Ohio State Bar Association

Family: Married with two step-children and one child on the way

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I served as an Interim Appointed Magistrate in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas from December 2012 – January 2013. I was unanimously appointed to this role by the 5 judges of the Court at which I served as a judicial staff attorney.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have extensive experience as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, small business owner, civil litigator, and judicial staff attorney. I have tried cases from jury selection to verdict, litigated civil cases from complaint to trial, and mediated cases to resolution. I have represented criminal defendants, businesses of all sizes, and individuals. I have managed dockets in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and know what it takes to effectively manage a courtroom, interact daily with litigants, and make the public feel confident in our judicial process.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
As a prosecutor, trial attorney, and judicial staff attorney I have seen first-hand the important roles that courts and judges play in our community. I have also seen how imperative it is to make sure the right person is wearing the robe. I am confident I am that person. I have the skills, background, characteristics, tenacity, temperament, and energy needed to be an effective judge in our community. I have been a tireless servant and know that my work is far from done. I have been twice elected by my peers to serve on the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors and I currently serve on the YWCA Columbus Board of Trustees as well as the Children’s Hunger Alliance Governing Board. I have also served at the YWCA Family Center Legal Clinic.

James C Cochran

James Cochran

Office: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Age: 62

Residence: Cleveland, OH

Email: cochran4judge@gmail.com

Website: www.cochran4judge.com

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Work Experience: Civil and Criminal litigation attorney since 1978

Family: Married, wife Joan, with three sons and four grandchildren

Affiliations: Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metro Bar Association, Westshore Bar Association, Republican Party Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga Valley Republican Club

Endorsements: Republican Party of Cuyahoga County (RPCC), www.cuyahogacountygop.com

Bar Association Ratings:

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
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(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have 37 years of experience in the legal profession, and all of that time has been devoted to the Ohio bar. I have handled both criminal (as a prosecutor and defense attorney) and civil matters (as plaintiff’s and defendant’s representative). I have extensive working experience in both the public sector (19+ years) and private sector (18 years). I have litigated cases before judges, juries and arbitrators in the State and Federal trial courts, before judges in the Ohio Courts of Appeals and U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the justices of the Ohio Supreme Court. As a result of this working experience, I have developed a firm knowledge of the rules of evidence and rules of civil and criminal procedure. I have developed a wide and varied legal background which is conducive in understanding substantive law. I know how to recognize and research legal issues. I have developed a clear and concise writing style. Finally, there is a maturity factor that favors a more experienced practitioner. Just as important to the success of a judge’s tenure is his/her familiarity with the customs and practices of the local courts. A judge should have knowledge about the attorneys who come before the court. A judge should also be aware of the case background; as well as any history that exists between the parties. Seeking this type of information may be just as important in resolving the parties’ dispute, as understanding the case’s legal issues.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Presiding as a judge before Court of Common Pleas (General Division) gives me the opportunity to serve the legal community and by extension, the citizens of Cuyahoga County, at a time in my career when my skills are at their best. I would like to manage the large docket of cases that is the work product of the common pleas court. Bringing those cases to a timely and equitable resolution, while building and maintaining a good record capable of appellate review, would be my daily goal.

Cynthia W. Rice

Cynthia Rice

Office: Ohio Supreme Court

Age: 58

Residence: Brookfield, OH

Email: cynthia@riceforjustice.com

Website: riceforjustice.com; Facebook Rice for Justice

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. University of Akron, B.S. Purdue University

Work Experience:  Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals, 2003 – Present Presiding/Administrative Judge – 2007 and 2016 United States Attorney’s Office, 1999 – 2001 Assistant United States Attorney, General Crimes Division, Special Assistant United States Attorney, 1997 – 1999 Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, 1991 – 1999 First Assistant, Criminal Division Chief Counsel, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force Criminal Administrator Chief Counsel, Drug Prosecution Unit . Private Practice, Rice Law Offices, 1989 – 1993

Family: Married 28 years to Judge Ron Rice. We have three children.

Affiliations: Ohio State Extension Advisory Board, Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Committee, 2011 – present Criminal Law and Procedure Committee co-chair, 2011 – present Appellate Procedure Committee, 2013 – present Ohio Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Court Security, 2013 – present Bar Association Memberships: Ohio, Ashtabula County, Geauga County, Lake County, Portage County, Trumbull County.

Endorsements: Fraternal Order of Police (FOP); Columbus Dispatch; Akron Beacon Journal; Canton Repository; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Youngstown Vindicator; Ohio AFL-CIO; Ohio State Association Union of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA); United Auto Workers (UAW); International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); Ohio Education Association (OEA); Ohio Federation of Teachers; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 6; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 8; Operating Engineers Local 66; Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades; Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades; Hall of Fame Labor Council; Central Ohio Stonewall Democrats; Cleveland Area Stonewall Democrats; Baker, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local No. 19; Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity; Ironworkers Local 550; IBEW Locals 246, 540, 8, 38,673, 306; Communication Workers of America District 4; U.A. Local 50 Plumbers & Steamfitters; U.A. Local 83 Plumbers & Steamfitters; BWPAC Cleveland

Bar Association Ratings: Highly Recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals, 2003 – Present Presiding/Administrative Judge – 2007 and 2016

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
For twelve years before becoming a judge, I gained extensive legal and courtroom experience as a federal and criminal prosecutor. My non-judicial legal practice has been invaluable during my last thirteen years as an appellate judge. As the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to Youngstown, I oversaw the daily operations of the U.S. Attorney’s office. I worked with federal and local law enforcement from the investigative stage of the case through trial. While prosecuting felons, I received extensive courtroom experience including bench and jury trials. I taught in-service training for local police officers on topics like Fourth Amendment search and seizure, Report Writing, and Ethics and Professionalism. As a member of the General Crimes Division, I prosecuted major felonies, including firearm and drug law violations, cyber stalking and interstate stalking, and bank robberies. I worked with local community leaders in the development of the first Weed and Seed program in Youngstown. Weed and Seed is a federally-sponsored multiagency approach to law enforcement, which aims at preventing and controlling, or “weeding out,” violent criminals, drug traffickers, and gangs in high-crime urban areas and at rebuilding, or “seeding,” these areas with human services and educational programs. As the First Assistant Criminal Prosecutor in the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, I was responsible for overseeing all felony criminal prosecutions. I was trial counsel on major criminal cases, including capital murder, murder, rape and all high profile felony cases. I supervised the criminal staff of ten attorneys and support staff. While serving as First Assistant Prosecutor, I was appointed Chief Counsel for the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Vertical Prosecution Unit. I was responsible for setting up this unit, which was designed to provide multi-jurisdictional prosecution of major drug law violations and in-house counsel for the task force. I coordinated prosecution of felons among the Mahoning and Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Offices and the United States Attorney’s Office. I had ultimate responsibility for the prosecution of all major drug cases prosecuted by the task force from indictment to verdict. I worked with the United States Attorney’s office on the local prosecution of drug offenders arrested following a citywide federal drug investigation. I was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney from 1997 to 1999, to prosecute two high-level, repeat drug traffickers in United States v. Moxley and United States v. Walker.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The role of Associate Justice goes beyond the courtroom. In addition to hearing cases of significant importance to the citizens of Ohio, Justices are leaders of the entire judiciary in the state. I would welcome the responsibility that accompanies this leadership role. In the past, many justices have developed projects that can positively impact the judicial process. I would like to utilize my experiences as a drug prosecutor to address the increasing problem with drug and heroin addiction. As Co-Chair of the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, I have seen recent legislation designed to react to the significant rise in drug deaths. I believe we need to do more than react to the growing drug problem. Twenty-five years ago, I established and directed the Trumbull County Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit targeting violations of drug laws regulating the ethical distribution of drugs by pharmacists, doctors, and other professionals. I was appointed Mahoning County Special Prosecutor to prosecute the Mahoning County Coroner on drug trafficking charges. We knew in the early 1990’s, one third of drugs used illegally were prescription drugs. The Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit was designed to address this problem We are now seeing the consequences of flagrant opioid use and the inevitable move to heroin. I would like to spearhead a project to specifically address this aspect of the heroin epidemic. As a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, I would be able to contribute my experiences to help identify better ways to direct our resources to reduce this public health crisis. I also believe my legal experience can be an asset to the court. The majority of my legal practice prior to taking the bench was as a state and federal prosecutor. Presently, none of the current justices have an extensive background in criminal law and procedure. During my service on the appellate bench, I have been able to contribute insight into nuances of criminal procedure that have assisted our court in delivering sound, well-reasoned opinions. Having practiced as an Assistant United States Attorney, I am more familiar with differences between state and federal criminal law. This enables me to better determine how U.S. Supreme Court decisions that address federal cases affect Ohio’s criminal justice system.

Daniel G. Padden

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Office: Guernsey County Court of Common Pleas

Age: 44

Residence: Cambridge, OH

Email: dan.padden@tspplaw.org

Website: N/A

Occupation: Prosecuting Attorney, Guernsey County, Ohio; Partner in the law firm of Tribbie, Scott, Plummer & Padden

Education: J.D., Ohio Northern University; BSBA, Ohio Northern University; Accounting & Management; Certified Public Accountant (inactive) since 1992

Work Experience: Associate Attorney, Kinder, Harper, Hazlett & Hinzey, St. Clairsville, Ohio (1987, 1989); Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (1989-2003); Prosecuting Attorney (2004 to present); Partner, Tribbie, Scott, Plummer & Padden (1994-present)

Family: Married 2 children

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
None

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have a broad background in both civil and criminal litigation to be a Common Pleas Judge. I have 15 years experience as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and 12 years as the elected Prosecutor. In addition, I have been a partner in a law firm for over 20 years. This broad range of experience provides me with the legal and personal qualifications to succeed as a Common Pleas Judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
It has been my honor and privilege to be the Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney. I believe that I am the most qualified attorney in Guernsey County to be elected as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Guernsey County, Ohio. All participants in the legal system should be treated equally and fairly.

Michael P. Donnelly

Michael Donnelly

Office: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Age: 49

Residence: Cleveland Heights, OH

Email: CPMPD@cuyahogacounty.us

Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Committee-To-Re-Elect-Judge-Michael-P-Donnelly-1639031653023488/timeline

Occupation: Judge

Education: JD Cleveland Marshall College of Law 1992; BA John Carrol University 1988, St. Ignatius High School 1984

Work Experience: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor 1992 -1997, Civil Litigator 1997-2004

Family: Married with two children

Affiliations: Board Member Cleveland Baseball Federation; Board Member Western Reserve Fire Museuml recipient of the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for Enhancing Professionalism and Ethics in the Greater Cleveland Legal Association from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, June 5, 2015

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: Excellent

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have served as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Bench in the General Division since January, 2005. During this time, I have been active on numerous committees in an effort to improve Ohio’s judicial system. I served as Chairman to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. I am a current Vice President in the Ohio Common Pleas Judge’s Association. I serve on the Ohio Jury Instruction Committee. I am a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Bar Examiners.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
During my nearly 12 years as a practicing attorney prior to taking the bench, I served as a criminal prosecutor in the General Felony Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Officer under the Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones. From 1997 until 2004, I served as a civil litigator primarily in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court during which time I was exposed to nearly every form of litigation which is heard in the Cuyahoga County General Division.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I regard the position of being a judge for exactly what it is – a true privilege to serve the citizens of Cuyahoga County and this State. From my days at St. Ignatius High School, I was taught that we were placed on this earth to serve others. As a Cuyahoga County Judge, I have the opportunity to do this on a daily basis with the parties that appear before me. As a judge I believe there is always opportunity to improve the justice system. I firmly believe that when every party in our adversarial system is doing their job correctly, the system will produce just results. The only way to ensure parties are doing their job correctly is to provide the highest degree of transparency possible. For this reason, I try to engage with the parties as much as I can on the record. In civil cases, I am advocating for new procedures which will ensure timely rulings on motions, access to the court for legal argument on the record, and the highest degree of trial date certainty. I also believe that there are procedural improvements we should impose in criminal cases, to ensure that claims of actual innocence for the wrongfully convicted are treated with the highest level of expediency possible. The fact that the system is fallible is not a matter in dispute. Every stakeholder in the process must work extremely hard to avoid the greatest injustice which can occur which is the conviction of the innocent.

Mary Brigid Sweeney

Mary Brigid Sweeney

Office: Common Pleas Court – General Division

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 56

Residence: Cleveland, OH

Email: mbsweeney2016@gmail.com

Website: http://www.democracy.com/mbsweeney4judge; https://www.instagram.com/mbsweeneyforjudge/https://www.facebook.com/MBSweeney4Judge

Occupation: Attorney

Education: I graduated from Magnificat High School in 1978. I received a B.A. from Boston College in 1985. I earned a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State John Marshall College of Law in 1989

Work Experience: Mary Brigid Sweeney Co. LLC. 2009- Present. I am the sole owner of my law firm representing individuals and families affected by toxic exposure, personal injuries, Ohio Workers’ compensation, probate matters, juvenile cases, criminal law and domestic relations. From 2006 – 2009 I worked for Brent Coon and Associates as an attorney representing victims of asbestos exposure and their families in Common Pleas Court and Appellate Courts throughout the State of Ohio. I represented clients in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio who allegedly were exposed toxic fumes from historical refinery chemicals. I successfully represented juveniles in U.S. Federal District Court Eastern District of Michigan against a national retail chain seeking civil recovery from them. I worked for Robert E. Sweeney Company LPA from 1989 until I moved to Oregon in 1994. I returned in 1998 and worked for them until 2006 representing individuals and their families in wrongful death and personal injuries actions for persons harmed by asbestos exposure.

Family: I am married to John Randal Fredieu and we have two adult children.

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: I am endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38

Bar Association Ratings: Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has rated me as good

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have never been a Judge.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have 22 years of extensive experience representing individuals and their families throughout Ohio. I have practiced before the Supreme Court, the Appellate Court, Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court. I am the only candidate in my race who has broad experience in representing client in all aspects of litigation such as harm from toxic chemical exposures, criminal law, juvenile cases, domestic relations, workers compensation, personal injury and probate matters. I have represented clients in Federal District Court against a large retailer for illegal civil recoveries. I have handled consolidated cases where there are multiple clients seeing resolutions against corporate defendants. I have participated in a variety of substantial discovery processes. My experience qualifies me to be judge because the General Division of Common Pleas Court demands that a candidate for this position have an understanding of vast areas of law beyond just criminal law and addiction issues. The General Division docket is the primary court for all types of cases. Throughout my 22 years of practice I have gained the insight and the technical ability to address the needs of the parties before the court. I understand the nuances of rulings and the effects they have upon parties. As a litigator whose experience is not as a prosecutor nor represented corporate clients, I bring a different voice to the bench. I know first hand how difficult and expensive it is for people to be before any Court.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for this judgeship because I sincerely believe that with my 22 years of extensive experience as a litigator I am qualified. With no disrespect to the current Judges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, most of them come from a training in the prosecutor’s office, worked in the courthouse or represented corporate entities. I believe that as a person who represents individual citizens and their families my entire career, I bring a different perspective. It is my belief that the citizens of Cuyahoga County feel as though no one is looking out for their interests and they have lost their voice in the Courthouse. I have personally faced down large corporations. I have demanded that prosecutors prove their case. I am capable of holding all parties accountable so that equal and fair justice can be obtained through court proceedings. I am running for this position because with my experience, I can make a difference for our community. I would like to see more participation in the new diversion programs for our veterans, the mentally ill and the persons facing addition problems before they are incarcerated. I would like to reduce the time it takes for a case to get resolved in the Court system. When you reduce the time, you can reduce the costs of litigation. With all the recent events, the courts throughout our state recognize that serious changes need to occur before it gets better. I want to be a part of that change. Cuyahoga County needs more than former prosecutors and former corporate lawyers creating that new system. I am running because I understand the ramifications of any changes upon the individuals in the legal system. I would like the opportunity to ensure that the voice of our community is not forgotten when changes are implemented by the Court.

Donald L. Kline

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Office: Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Age: 40

Residence: Columbus, OH

Email: dlkline@myohiolawyers.com

Website: electklineforjudge.commycolumbusattorneys.com

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Ohio University B.S. 1998, Thomas Cooley Law School J.D. 2002

Work Experience: Private Pratice 12 years

Family: Married for 10 Years and have 2 Children, 6 and a 7 year old

Affiliations: United Methodist

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have been in private practice for 12 years. I have practiced in Federal Court, Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Juvenile Court, and Domestic Court. My practice areas include Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Law, Traffic, OMVI, DUI, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Juvenile Law, Domestic, and Personal Injuries. I am a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, Fairfield Bar Association, and Hocking Bar Association.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I started my private practice in 2004 and have served/represented more than a thousand individuals with varying social economic backgrounds. Additionally, I have assisted many of my clients as they entered non-punitive programs such as drug court, diversion, C.A.T.C.H. Court, and Vivitrol Court. My clients have benefited from my every day experience with Ohio’s heroin epidemic as an advocate for change is versatile and comprehensive As a member of my church and community I have promoted fairness and justice for all persons and have been active with families as they navigate the daunting legal justice system individually and as family members of defendants. I am in good standing in Municipal, State, and Federal courts and have represented clients in each. I have represented my clients as their attorney and advocate. My experience within the Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Domestic Relations courts allows me to cross-represent my clients in several judicial arenas with an eye on how each outcome may affect the other. I practice in several central Ohio courts and have made good friends and colleges in each. I work closely with law enforcement as an attorney and respect their position and responsibilities.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
In this particular position, I will utilize my on-the-job experience as an attorney while I sit on the bench and serve the citizens of Ohio involved in criminal and civil matters. This seat must be cognizant of the individual and particular circumstances of each defendant and victim and must fashion a remedy and/or sentence that is compassionate, comprehensive, and responsive to justice that is consistent and fair for all who enter the justice system.

Donna J. Carr

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Office: Ninth District Court of Appeals

Age: 56

Residence: Akron, OH

Email: judgedonnacarr@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge, Ninth District Court of Appeals

Education: B.A. Kent State University, 1981 and J.D. University of Akron School of Law, 1984

Work Experience: Summit County Assistant Prosecutor from 1984-1993 and Chief Counsel of the Civil Division from 1993-1995. Akron Municipal Court 1995-1998 Ninth District Court of Appeals 1998-present

Family: I am blessed with three sons, ages 24, 21, and 17.

Affiliations: Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association, Chief Judge Elect and prior Secretary/Treasurer; Appellate Law and Procedure Committee; prior member of Intepreter Services Subcommittee of Racial Fairness Implementation Task Force and Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services; Montrose Zion United Methodist Church and numerous church and community activities; member of the Akron, Lorain County, Medina County, Wayne County, and Ohio State Bar Associations.

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have served as a judge for over twenty years and handled thousands of cases as a trial and appellate judge. I was first elected judge of the Akron Municipal Court in 1995. I served on Akron Municipal Court until my appointment to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in July 1998. I was then elected to the Court of Appeals in November 1998 and reelected in 2004 and 2010. I currently serve as the Presiding Judge and am the most senior judge as to length of service on the court. I have also had the honor of serving as a visiting judge several times on the Ohio Supreme Court by assignment of the Chief Justice.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have over thirty years of legal experience. Prior to becoming a judge, I served as an Assistant Prosecutor from 1984-1993 for Summit County and as Chief Counsel of the Civil Division from 1993-1995. These experiences laid the foundation for the 20 years I have served as a judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am currently serving as a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals and am seeking reelection. I was elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010 and have served for almost 18 years on the Court of Appeals. I have fairly and impartially applied the law to the facts in around 5,700 decisions as an appellate judge and would like to continue to serve on the court.