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Joseph F. Russo

Cleveland Municipal Court
Full Term Commencing Jan. 2, 2024

Candidate Details

  • Residence
  • Email
  • Social Media
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Education

    Cleveland Marshall College of Law- J.D. Degree  (1982-1986)

    Cleveland State University- B.B.A. Degree, Major in Accounting  (1976-1981)

    Chanel High School,  (1972-1976)



  • Work Experience

    Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge  (1998 - 2012)

    Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor (1987 -1998)

    Rauser and Associates Legal Clinic, LLP (2014-2016)

    Joseph F. Russo, Attorney-at-Law, LLC (2016-2023)

    Independence Bank (1981-1987)

  • Family
    3 children, 6 grandchildren
  • Affiliations

    St. Leo Church - Parishioner


Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court (1998-2012)

Served as Cuyahoga County Administrative Judge at Juvenile Court for 7 years (2002-2008)

Question 2

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

I believe my background in business as a credit analyst and accountant will assist the Court's Administration in the responsible expenditures of resources.  My business experience will assist the Court in utilizing more efficient processes and procedures in implementing result driven cost effective programs in the court system.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I aspire to be udge at Cleveland Municipal Court because I believe I am the right candidate to move the court forward on day one and into the future. I was born and raised in this city and I care about the people that live here. I believe I can make a difference in the lives of the parties who may appear beore the court.