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Gene  Donofrio

Gene Donofrio

For Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals
Full Term Beginning 2/9/2023

Candidate Details

  • Residence
  • Email
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals
  • Education

    University of Akron School of Law, JD

    Youngstown State University, BA

  • Work Experience

    Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals

    part-time professor at Youngstown State University 

    Private practice of law

    Assistant Youngstown City Prosecutor

    Assistant Ohio Attorney General

    Brakeman at Erie Lackawanna Railroad 

    Stock clerk at Sparkle Market

  • Family
    Married with three daughters
  • Affiliations

    Nathaniel R. Jones American Inn of Court

    American Bar Association

    Ohio State Bar Association

    Mahoning County Bar Association

    Florida Bar Association

    Lawyers Assistant Commitee

    Youngstown State University Moot Court Competition Team advisor

    Addiction Programs of Mahoning County (past member)

    St. Christine's Parish Council (past member)

    American Cancer Association (past member)

    Canfield Schools Career Counseling Community Advisory Board (past member)

    Mahoning County Bar Association Board of Trustees (past member)






  • Bar Association Ratings

    Highly Recommended, Mahoning County Bar Association 2016

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Seventh District Court of Appeals  1993-present

Sat by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court Multiple times while an appellate judge

Question 2

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

Assistant Youngstown city prosecutor

general private practice of law

Assistant Ohio state attorney general

professor of law classes at Youngstown State University  

law clerk, Youngstown city law department

member of the Appellate Review Office, University of Akron School of Law

research assistant to the Dean, University of Akron School of Law

legal intern, Mahoning and Trumbull counties Prosecutor's Office

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I still really enjoy my work on the court and feel I have become good at.  I work very well with my colleagues on the court and my ability, experience, work ethic, reputation for integrity and empathy all qualify me to continue on the Court. I have also sat by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court multiple times and have shown leadership by being elected Chief Judge of the Ohio Courts of Appeal Judges Association and the Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals.  I also enjoy conducting community outreach projects from the Court educating members of the public about the workings of the courts and would like to continue to do so. Our government works best when we have an informed electorate in order to keep our public officials accountable.