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Betsy  Sundermann

Betsy Sundermann

For Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division
Full Term Beginning 1/16/2023

*Top Vote-Getter in General Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Hamilton County Probate Court magistrate
  • Education

    University of Cincinnati College of Law: Juris Doctor degree

    DePauw University: Bachelor of Arts degree

    Ursuline Academy: high school diploma

  • Work Experience

    Betsy Sundermann is a Hamilton County Probate Court magistrate where she has served from 2016-2020 and from January, 2022, until now. Prior to her appointment as a magistrate, Betsy was an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor for thirteen years in the juvenile, dependency, drug forfeiture, municipal, and appellate divisions. She has also served as a Cincinnati City Council member, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps law clerk, a U.S. District Court law clerk, and a Hamilton County Public Defender Guardian ad Litem. Betsy is also a certified mediator.

  • Family
    Married with two daughters
  • Affiliations

    Betsy has volunteered for Fernside Center for Grieving Children for almost 20 years. She facilitated biweekly grief groups for children and adults and has volunteered every year as a camp counselor at Fernside grief camp.

    Betsy has served on the boards of Price Hill Will (her neighborhood's Community Development Corporation) and Healthy Homes Block by Block (a socail service nonprofit). She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Police Citizens Police Academy, and the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. Betsy has been a Girl Scout troop leader, middle school basketball coach, and a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati.

    Betsy's family is Catholic and her children attend Catholic school.

  • Endorsements

    Hamilton County Republican Party

    Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge #69

    Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

I have served as a Hamilton County Probate Court magistrate for 5 years (2016-2020, 2022) and have presided over thousands of Family Law cases. I also preside over our Mental Health Court where we secure psychiatric treatment for the most severely mentally ill residents of Hamilton County. I know how to manage a courtroom and a large caseload.

Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I have worked in the courtroom for 24 years as a social worker, prosecutor, defense attorney, and magistrate. I have represented children and parents during some of the hardest times of their lives. I have litigated thousands of trials as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

We need strong families in Hamilton County. I have the experience and passion to help parents and children through some of the most difficult situations they will ever face. Deciding cases in Domestic Relations Court requires a firm understanding of the law and a focus on what is best for families, especially what is in the best interest of children.