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University of Maryland, B.A. Psychology, Criminology/Criminal Justice
Capital University Law School, J.D.
- Work Experience
City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Columbus, OH
Assistant City Attorney, Litigation Section (November 2019 – Present) and Labor and Employment Section (November 2019 – January 2022)
City Attorney’s Office, Prosecution Division, Columbus, OH
Senior Assistant City Prosecutor (March 2019 – November 2019)
Assistant City Prosecutor (August 2011 – March 2019)
Kokensparger and Ryan, L.L.C., Columbus, OH
Associate (January 2011 – August 2011)
Married with two children
Columbus Bar Association Alliance (CBAA) ▪ Board Member August 2016 – present; ▪ Fundraising/Social Event Chair 2017-2019; ▪ Co-President Elect 2019-2021; ▪ Co-President 2021-present
Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club Member
Franklin County Democratic Lawyers Club PAC Board Member (2021)
Franklin County Women’s Lawyer Club Member
Election Precinct Official, Roster Judge 2020, 2021
Columbus Bar Association member
Franklin County Democratic Party member
University Student Judiciary, Central Judicial Board Member & Presiding Officer (May 2005- May 2007)
Franklin County Democratic Party
Baptist Ministerial Alliance
Communication Workers of America Local 4502
A. Philip Randolph Institute
Coalition of Black Trade Unionist
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Ohio AFSCME Power In Action
Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO
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What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My experience in front of countless judges in various courts has provided the opportunity to observe a tremendous amount of judicial temperaments and styles. As a prosecutor, it was my responsibility not to seek a conviction at any cost, but to seek justice. This often meant looking beyond just what the elements of the offense are and whether I can meet that burden, but to examine each case to find a just outcome. This required regularly providing sentencing recommendations based on the case facts, aggravating and mitigating factors, and potential victim or witness impact statements. I practiced as both a criminal and civil lawyer as lead on jury trials in both settings. This experience provides me with an in-depth knowledge of the rules of procedure for both types of cases tried in this Court.
Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I believe it is important to treat people like people. Often, in our overburdened court systems, cases are treated like a number rather than an individual person or persons whose lives are affected by the outcome. I believe it is important for each person that comes into the courtroom to feel like they have had their side of the case heard by a judge that is impartial. Each person, whether they are the victim, a witness, a defendant, or an attorney, deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.