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Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, 1/4/2018

Term: 6 yearsSalary: $125,850Magistrates Shiela Turner McCall and Lynn McLaughlin-Murray and attorney Craig E. Willis are running for the term beginning 1/4/2018.
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Age 53
Education J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law
Residence municipality Cleveland
Work experience Magistrate and Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court, 1999-present; Cleveland City Prosecutor, 1989-1993; Assistant Director of Law, Taxation, 1993-1999
Affiliations Tremont West Development Corp.; Flats Forward; Cleveland Shakespeare Festival; Alpha Phi Fraternity; Greater Cleveland Drug Court; Cleveland Veterans Treatment Advisory Committee
Endorsements Pipefitters Local Union 120; Electrical Workers Local #38
Bar Association Ratings N/A
Magistrate, Cleveland Municipal Court, 1999-2011; Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court, January 2011-January 2012; Magistrate, Cleveland Municipal Court, 2012-present
My commitment to the community. I am very involved in my community through my community development corporation, Tremont West Development Corporation where I have served as President of the Board, Treasurer and as a board member since 2006 to the present. I have served as the Chapter Advisor for the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi at Baldwin Wallace University from 1997 to the present. I serve as the Treasurer of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court Advisory Board, on the board of the Cleveland Veterans Treatment Docket, on the board of Flats Forward and the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
My platform for Cleveland Municipal Court is:

1. To implement the bail reform program and integrate the risk assessment tool from the Arnold Foundation. This will result in fewer defendants being held on bail that is not directly related to the defendant’s likelihood of reoffending or of not coming to court. With a better bail tool and bigger pretrial unit, we can reduce the outstanding warrants for failure to appear, help defendants with our innovative programs and keep the community safe by concentrating on the defendants most likely to reoffend and to escalate to more serious crimes.

2. Implementation of the Stepping Up Initiative, a national program to reduce the amount of mentally ill defendants in jail and getting them into treatment and programs in the community. I had the opportunity last year to go to some training on this program. The Stepping Up initiative which is being implemented in other municipal courts has resulted in less mentally ill defendants sitting in jail without treatment and more of them getting help in the community. I want to fully implement this program in Cleveland Municipal Court.

3. Implementation of the paperless project. This is a long term project of the court but has many complex implementation issues associated with it. With my extensive experience with the court, I believe I am in the perfect position to make sure the project is successfully completed.
Age 61
Education B.A. Princeton University (1978) / J.D. University of Michigan School of Law (1982)
Residence municipality Cleveland
Work experience Administrator, Civil Division, Office of the Clerk of Court, Shelby County, Tn. (2016-2017) / Assistant County Attorney, Office of the County Attorney, Shelby County, Tn. (2004-2016) / Staff Attorney, Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) (2002-2003) / Solo law practice, Office of Craig E. Willis (2001-2002) / Cleveland City Council, Councilman, Ward 9 (1990-2001) / Law Director, City of East Cleveland, Ohio (1988-1989) / Assistant Director of Law, City of Akron, Ohio (1987-1988) / Solo law practice, Office of Craig E. Willis (1986-1987) / Associate, Hahn, Loeser, Freidheim, Dean & Wellman, Cleveland, Ohio (1985-1986) / Assistant Director of Law, City of Cleveland, Ohio (1983-1985) / Special Assistant, W.O. Walker, Cleveland, Ohio (1979) / Legislative Assistant, State Senator Wynona Lipman, Essex County, NJ (1978)
Affiliations St. Timothy Baptist Church, Cleveland / Leadership Cleveland Class ’95 / Leadership Academy Class ’09 / Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) / Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) / National Bar Association (NBA) / American Bar Association (ABA)
Endorsements N/A
Bar Association Ratings N/A
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I have been a public servant nearly 30 years, working as an attorney in local government for the cities of Cleveland, Akron, East Cleveland and elsewhere, and have served the public as an elected City Councilman in Cleveland for twelve years, where I served as Chairman of the Legislation Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. I have been licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio since 1983 and have worked as an attorney both in the public and private sector at a major Cleveland law firm.
Since I was a youngster I have aspired to be a public servant, and ultimately to be a judge, to serve the citizens of my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I understand people, from my years and vast experience as a public servant, and have the education, legal background, wisdom and temperament to serve effectively as a Judge on the Cleveland Municipal Court.

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