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Amber R. Crowe

Amber R. Crowe

For Judge of the Ninth District Court of Appeals
Full Term Beginning 2/11/2023

*Top Vote-Getter in Primary Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    New Franklin
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Magistrate-Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division
  • Education

    The University of Akron School of Law | Akron, OH
    J.D. - Litigation And Alternative Dispute Resolution
    ·   Awarded Certificate in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (2013)
    The University of Akron-Main Campus | Akron, OH
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pre-Law, cum laude
    ·   Certified in Political Conflict Management by The Center for Conflict Management 

  • Work Experience

    Summit County Juvenile Court, Honorable Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio | Akron, OH                 Magistrate, 09/2021 – Current

    Duties include but not limited to:

    ·   Conduct hearings related to juvenile delinquency, traffic and unruly offenses from the preliminary detention hearing through bench trial.

    ·   Complete docket entries, orders and decisions in an expeditious manner.

    ·   Oversight of youth placed on traditional and offender specific probation for sexual oriented offenses.

    ·   Preside over cases initiated by Summit County Children Services involving allegations of abuse, neglect and/or dependency of children.

    ·   Highly skilled at fostering current community partnerships, as well as identifying new collaboration opportunities to serve youth and families.


    Akron Municipal Court, Honorable Judge Nicole Walker | Akron, OH
    Magistrate/Judicial Attorney
    03/2020 – 09/2021

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Conduct hearings related to civil and criminal matters as directed, including preliminary hearings, arraignments and bench trials.

    ·   Complete docket entries, orders and decisions in an expeditious manner

    ·   Oversight and maintenance of the Court's civil docket, including facilitation of pretrial conferences, motion practice and all discovery deadlines.

    ·   Conducts legal and legislative research as necessary.

    ·   Assists in drafting and revising Court rules, policies and procedures as required

    ·   Read and analyze germane cases and statutes to make informed decisions on pretrial issues, motions and final rulings.


    Private Practice/ Ashton, Barnhart & Crowe, LLC | Akron, OH                                                     Partner                                                                                                                               03/2016 – 09/2021

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Represent clients in all stages of litigation (including trial) and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings in family law and criminal defense cases.

    ·   Served as a Guardian ad Litem and CASA for children who were adjudicated abused, neglected or dependent.

    ·   Detailed drafting of motions, complaints, demands and pleadings for purposes of litigation.

    ·   Case evaluation and settlement negotiation.

    ·   Research and analysis of germane statutes, codes and legislation.

    ·   Maintain expertise in relevant areas of law to advise and advocate for clients.

    ·   Negotiation of civil dispute settlements to minimize payment or maximize receipt of monetary damages.


    Summit County Prosecutor's Office | Akron, OH                                                                       Assistant Prosecuting Attorney                                                                                                    06/2014 - 03/2016

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Litigation of abuse, neglect and dependency cases on behalf of Summit County Children Services before a judge or magistrate.

    ·   Ongoing maintenance of open case files which included sensitive and confidential information relating to physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect.

    ·   Communicated effectively with clients and victims to explain laws, rulings and regulations which affected each case.


    Summit County Juvenile Court | Akron, OH                                                                            Mediation Facilitator/Case Manager                                                                                         09/2011 - 06/2014

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Assisted in the development and implementation of a court diversionary program designed to keep youth facing misdemeanor truancy charges from developing a criminal record.

    ·   Partnered with interdisciplinary teams to implement case plans following successful mediations.

    ·   Built and maintained strong relationships with partnering schools and administrators.

    ·   Mediated among involved parties to develop the best strategy for success.

    ·   Maintained records of service, statistics, outcome results and other confidential documentation as required for renewal of grant funds.


    Summit County Juvenile Court | Akron, OH                                                                                    Law Clerk                                                                                                                            05/2013 - 03/2014

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Aided the Summit County Juvenile Court by researching cases, reviewing briefs, responding to objections, collecting data and interpreting legal information.

    ·   Attended court sessions to record necessary case information discussed during oral arguments for pending objections.

    ·   Researched legal authority and black letter law to compare case facts and patterns to precedential cases and determine probable outcomes.


    Ohio Civil Rights Commission | Akron, OH                                                                                      Legal Extern                                                                                                                         08/2013 - 12/2013

    Duties included but not limited to:

    ·   Examined causes and remedies to discrimination actions in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4112 while analyzing cases and claims, damages, losses, adjudication and settlement formalities.

    ·   Assisted in any manner requested by the Commission with regard to the investigation of charges of discrimination in employment, places of public accommodation, housing, credit and disability in higher education on the basis of protected class membership.

    ·   Assisted in the drafting of Reconsideration Reports, legal memos and responses to questions of law.

  • Family
    Engaged to Frank and a fur-mom to two rescue cats, one rescue dog, and a special needs senior English Mastiff.
  • Affiliations

    Bar/Group Memberships:

    ·   Ohio State Bar Association
    ·   Akron Bar Association
    ·   Lorain County Bar Association
    ·   Wayne County Bar Association
    ·   Medina County Bar Association                                                                                                   ·   NAACP                                                                                                                                       ·   Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

    Professional Affiliations
    ·   Restore Court Advisory Committee, Summit County Juvenile Court (Participate in overview of Restore Court specialized docket services, including: reviewing policies and procedures; reviewing statistics; meeting with community and team members; and assisting with continued certification for the specialized docket through the Supreme Court of Ohio.)

    ·   Akron Municipal ARCH Court Advisory Committee (Participate in overview of the ARCH (Active Recovery Creates Hope) Court through the Akron Municipal Court, including: reviewing policies and procedures; reviewing statistics; and assisting with continued certification for the specialized docket through the Supreme Court of Ohio.)

    ·   Hope Meadows Foundation, Board of Directors (Provide direction and support to the mission of this 501(c)3  non-profit organization, which utilizes trauma informed, equine assisted therapy to address mental illness, eating disorders and assist victims of human trafficking.)

    ·   Akron Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors (Serve on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association in supporting the University of Akron School of Law while upholding standards of excellence, assisting with networking and social event opportunities for members, as well as providing continuing legal education.)
    ·  City of New Franklin Board of Zoning Appeals, 07/2018–09/2022 (Hear variance requests from specific zoning standards, where, due to special conditions of the land, enforcement of those standards is alleged to cause hardship to the property owner.  Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement or decision made by the Zoning Administrator.)

  • Endorsements

    Magistrate Crowe has been proudly endorsed by many local unions, community leaders, and elected officials, including but not limited to the following:
    Lorain Co. UAW CAP Council; UAW NEO-CAP Council; IBEW Local No. 306; Carpenters Local No. 285; Laborers’ Local No. 894; Tri-County Building and Construction Trades Council; IUPAT DC 6; Bricklayers Local No. 7; Elyria Firefighters Station No. 1; Lorain Firefighters Local No. 267; Kristen Peterson, Oberlin City Council; Stow Clerk of Court, Amber Zibrotosky; Emilia Sykes, Ohio House of Rep. Dist. 34; Cuy. Falls Council at Large, Brian Ashton; Cuy. Falls Council at Large, Russ Balthis; Stow Mayor, John Pribonic; Lorain County Commissioner, Matt Lundy; State Rep. Joe Miller; Lorain County Auditor, Craig Snodgrass; City of Lorain Council at Large, Mary Springowski; Lorain City Council, Joel Arredondo; CWA Local No. 4302; Brunswick City Council, Nick Hanek; Ohio Environmental Council; Amherst City Council, Martin Heberling; Summit County Council, Erin Dickinson; Summit County Council, Christina Higham.

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Magistrate, Summit County Juvenile Court (2021-Present)

Magistrate/Judicial Attorney, Akron Municipal Court (2020-2021)

Question 2

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

I have legal experience which spans across all areas of a courtroom including child protection and criminal felony prosecution experience, experience in private practice representing clients in various courts (municipal, juvenile, appellate, domestic relations, probate, and general division courts of common pleas), experience as a guardian ad litem (with an emphasis on working with victims of human trafficking), and a mediator.  Not only do I have litigation experience, but I have also represented clients regarding varying personal concerns outside of the courtroom. I have served as an extern for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as well as worked for the Summit County Juvenile Court assisting with program development and truancy prevention.  I have had the pleasure of serving on various boards of directors for non-profit organizations, and even chaired the Board of Zoning Appeals for my hometown of New Franklin, Ohio.  My history demonstrates that no task has ever been too big for me to tackle, and no issue has ever been too small to deserve my attention.  My background as a servant of the public has allowed me to develop a critical eye for legal analysis allowing me to take an independent approach to each case before me. Perhaps most importantly, my years of experience working and advocating for people from all walks of life has taught me the importance and necessity of treating everyone I encounter with equal amounts of dignity and respect.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am seeking election to the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals for three main reasons:  First, I am running for the Ninth District Court of Appeals because people are entitled to have a well-rounded jurist review their case independently and impartially while applying the law in a fair, equitable, and consistent manner.  Citizens rely on intermediate courts of appeals to make sure their constitutional rights were not violated at the trial court level, which is why my background as a prosecutor, practitioner, and magistrate are critical.  Additionally, I am seeking election to the Ninth District Court of Appeals to help inform citizens about what the Ninth District Court of Appeals does, the importance of the appellate court process, and why it is important to be informed about the members of your local judiciary.   Finally, I intend to work tirelessly to restore the faith of the district’s citizens in the idea that a judge can be honest, integral, and committed to ensuring fair access justice.