Assistant Law Director, Cuyahoga County Administration
J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law
- Work Experience
Assistant Law Director for five years with Cuyahoga County; former First Assistant/Deputy Inspector General for three years; former Common Pleas Court Judicial Staff Attorney for seven years; former Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor for two years; private Criminal Defense Attorney and Guardian Ad Litem for three years
Divorced with one child
Norman S. Minor Bar Association; United Black Fund; National Congress of Black Women; Ohio State Bar Association; Black Women's Political Action Committee; Eliza Bryant Auxiliary Board II; National Council of Negro Women
AFL-CIO (Northshore); UAW NEO-CAP; IAFF Local 93; AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and Retiree Chapter 1134; APWU Local 72; Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; Black Women's Political Action Committee; Cuyahoga County Democratic Party; Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats
List your judicial experience (courts and years)
N/a. I have not been elected as a judge yet.
What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have enjoyed a versatile and active legal practice for over twenty two years. In that time, I gained extensive civil litigation experience particularly in the areas of personal injury, employment law/wrongful discharge; charter interpretation and legislation review. I also have experience in criminal litigation both as a felony prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. I possess experience as lead attorney in both jury and bench trials, have negotiated plea agreements and pretried countless criminal matters. Moreover , I gained invaluable experience as a staff attorney for two sitting Common Pleas judges where I maintained the civil docket, performed legal research, analyzed applicable law and issued ruling on civil motions. My experience provides me perspective on the demands of practitioners, the importance of efficient case resolution, as well as a working understanding of the criminal justice system from both sides of the bench.
Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have the professional, emotional and cultural competence the City of Cleveland deserves from a judge. In addition to having the utmost respect for the rule of law, I am dedicated to the pursuit of justice. Servant leadership was ingrained in me very early in my life. Consequently, I am running for judge to further my history as a public servant and continue giving back to my community. My professional experience as well as personal life experiences have provided me with insight of how judges impact the lives of individuals appearing before them. The Municipal Court is the “People's Court.” It is the court that most provides judges flexibility to craft creative solutions with the individual in mind. My desire is be a problem solving jurist where everyone receives respectful, fair and equitable treatment. Over the years I have interacted with criminal defendants, victims, attorneys, witnesses and jurors and immensely enjoyed every moment. I have a passion for analyzing and solving issues and vow to listen and remain objective, thoughtful, open minded and attentive to the facts of each matter appearing on my docket. I hope that I can earn your vote and an opportunity to serve as the next Cleveland Municipal Court Judge.