Salary: $152,850 Term: 6 yrsResponsibilities: The Court of Appeals is essentially a Court of Review. It hears appeals from the Common Pleas, County, and Municipal Courts.Decisions are final except in cases involving Constitutional questions, cases of felony, cases in which it has original jurisdiction, and cases of public or great general interest.For more information about judicial candidates visit: JudicialVotesCount.org
Staff Attorney for Judge Thomas Beridon.
J.D. University of Cincinnati College of Law, Summa Cum Laude.
B.A. Miami University, Cum Laude.
My primary focus has been appellate advocacy. I have argued before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and multiple Ohio Courts of Appeals. I currently serve as the Staff Attorney for Judge Thomas Beridon.
Married with two children (6 and 4) and two rescue dogs.
Hamilton Co. Democratic Party; Sen. Sherrod Brown;1889 Friends of the Sentinels; Bold New Democracy; Cinci AFL-CIO Labor Council; Cinci Federation of Teachers; Cinci UAW CAP Council; Cinci Women's Political Caucus PAC; CWA Local 4400; Equality Cincinnati PAC; Greater Cincinnati Building Trades; IBEW Local 212; Ironworkers Local 44; Ohio AFSCME Power In Action; OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 392; Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 24; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75
NAACP (Lifetime Member); Cincinnati Bar Association (Member); American Constitution Society (Member); National Association of Women Lawyers (Member); Finneytown Elementary Parent Teacher Association (Chair of the Grants Committee)
Political Party Affiliation
1. Advocate for a statewide database of arrest and sentencing data with demographic information, which would identify racial and other disparities.
2. Recruit staff from different races, ethnicities, religions, experiences, and income levels.
3. Attend implicit bias training regularly and require my staff to do the same.
4. Develop a program to match low income litigants with attorneys who want appellate experience—with a mentoring system—so that all low-income litigants may have legal counsel.
Appellate court judges do not issue search warrants. Moreover, the Ohio Judicial Canons prohibit judicial candidates from making pledges about issues that may appear before the Court. I believe that answering this specific question will violate the Canons. Generally, I have read that no-knock warrants disproportionately affect minorities. It is the responsibility of those in authority to investigate whether disparities exist and work toward eliminating inequalities.
All parties—criminal and civil—deserve equal and respectful treatment. When elected, I will:
1. Attend, and require my staff to attend, implicit bias training to ensure that unconscious biases do not affect decisions.
2. Encourage the public to watch oral arguments to ensure that judges are treating counsel and parties respectfully.
3. Recruit staff with different life experiences than me.
4. Deliberately think through every decision to ensure that it is based solely on the facts and the law.
Presiding and Administrative Judge, First District Court of Appeals
B.A. The University of Dayton
J.D. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University
I have been a judge for 16 years and have over 64,000 cases of judicial experience. In 24 years of practicing law, I had over 150 criminal and civil jury trials as a judge, prosecutor and attorney. I have sat as a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Hamilton County Republican Party
Ohio State Bar Association,
Cincinnati Bar Association,
Ohio Judicial Conference,
Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association,
Ohio Commission on Professionalism,
Advisory Committee of Court Security to the Ohio Supreme Court,
Judicial Ethics, Professionalism & Diversity Committee,
Grants Committee for the Cincinnati Bar Foundation
The work I do on a daily basis is focused on seeking justice in each case I consider. The most important thing I can do is to ensure that every person in our community feels like they have equal access to the courthouse. That can be accomplished by fully and fairly considering each case that comes before me strictly on the merits, and never saying anything that might give someone the impression that their wrongs are not addressable, their needs are not respected, and their humanity not valued.
Judges that serve on the state appeals court are not authorized to approve search warrants of any kind. R.C. 2933.21 limits that authority to certain judges. While it might seem attractive to make some general comments here on the subject, it would be irresponsible and unethical for me to do so. I do not have the luxury of being able to make broad statements about entire categories of the law. Each case is unique. Each person deserves--and is entitled to receive--full and fair consideration.
Defendants convicted of a crime are entitled to appeal his or her conviction to the court of appeals without cost. In the 4 years I have been the presiding judge of the court of appeals, 200 defendants have received representation appointed by the court at no cost to them. The court works closely with many organizations to help meet the needs of those outside the area of criminal law. And over 16 years, I have retained and developed a staff who share my desire for equal treatment for everyone