Office: Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas,
Residence: Rocky River, OH
Website: http://emilyhaganforjuge.com; @friendsofemilyhagan on
Occupation: Staff Attorney, Court of Common Pleas
Education: J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Work Experience: Staff Attorney at Cuyahoga County Court of
Common Pleas since 2007
Family: Married with two boys, age 7 and 9
Affiliations: Rocky River Women’s Club, Cuyahoga County Democratic Women’s Caucus
Endorsements: North Shore AFL-CIO, Cleveland Building and Construction Trade Council, IBEW Local 38, Laborers Local 310, Pipe Fitters Local 120, Sheet Metals Local 33, Carpenters Local 435, Painters and Allied Trades, CWA Local 4340, Ironworkers Local 17, Laborers Local 1099, President of Teamsters Local 41 Sonny Nardi, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge,Middleburg Heights Gary Starr North Royalton Robert Stefanik Mayor of Parma Tim DeGeeter Mayor of Parma Heights Michael Byrne Mayor of North Olmsted Kevin Kennedy Strongsville City Leader Dean DePiero Former Mayor of Solon, Susan Drucker
Bar Association Ratings: N/A
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division Staff
Attorney 2007 to present.
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a
I have dedicated countless hours to community engagement
throughout my career. I have served on the board of Ohio Alliance to
End Sexual Violence, first as a board member, then as the Vice
President of the Board. This is a statewide nonprofit coalition that
advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for
survivors of sexual violence. In addition, I spent the first part of my legal
career as a policy advocate in the nonprofit sector. I advocated for
juvenile justice reform and for funding for early childhood education.
This included advocating at the state house during the budget process.
Because of this, I know the key stakeholders in Columbus as well as in
Cuyahoga County. I can work with them to bring about positive change
to those who come in front of me as a judge. This has given me
engagement with our community’s needs in education and juvenile
justice issues and how they can affect people in our community later in
life. My background as a teacher has also given me an understanding
and engagement with the community that has helped me to see the
impact of poverty and lack of access to quality education. So many
factors early in life, such as income, education, and contact with the
justice system, have far reaching consequences on people later in life.
Having that understanding helps me to have a full perspective on the
individuals that will come before the court.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have worked in this particular court for over 10 years and I know I can
bring a unique and effective perspective to the bench. I know how
important it is to run a fair, impartial, efficient and respectful courtroom
and I know what steps to take to achieve this goal. I want to be a judge
because I want to serve our community. In my view, a judge is elected
by the public to administer justice fairly and to help ensure
litigantsâ€™ rights are protected. The public should be able to count
on a judge to provide a just and fair forum for settling disputes and
conflicts. I believe I would be a fair, grounded, and effective public
servant in that role. Conflicts should be decided on the facts and the
law, not egos, worry over dockets, or other considerations that do not