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Aletha M Carver

Aletha M Carver

5th District Court of Appeals
Full Term Commencing Feb. 9, 2025

Candidate Details

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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Mediation Attorney, Fifth District Court of Appeals
  • Education

    Juris Doctor (1992) University of Akron School of Law

    Bachelor of Arts (1989) University of Akron

  • Work Experience

    Work experience includes: Mediation attorney, Fifth District Court of Appeals (2019-present); Director, law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. (2011-2019); Magistrate, Stark County Probate Court (2010-2011); Director of Community and Government Relations, North Carolina's Eastern Region (2008-2010); Claims representative for Sentry Insurance (2007-2008); Staff attorney, Fifth District Court of Appeals (1995-2007); Law Clerk to Judge John W. Wise, Stark County Court of Common Pleas (1993-1995); Law Clerk to Ret. Judge Harold DeHoff, Stark County Court of Common Pleas (1992-1993).

  • Family
    Married and my husband's name is Daniel Vaughn.
  • Affiliations

    Ohio State Bar Association; Stark County Bar Association (past president 2021-2022); Commissioner on the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (2021-present); Council member for Village of Hills and Dales (2019-present); Canton Ballet board member (2019-present); Ohio State Bar Association Appellate Law Certification Committee (2019-present); Friends of the Children's Network board member (2014-2018, 2023-present); Rotary Club of Jackson Township (1993-2007, 2012-present). 

  • Endorsements

    Votes for Women (Stark County)

    Delaware County Republican Central Committee

    Fairfield County Republican Executive Committee

    Knox County Republican Party

    Stark County Association for Justice

  • Bar Association Ratings

    Only candidate in my race to receive a "highly recommended" rating from the Stark County Bar Association.

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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

I have worked a total of 16 years, with the judiciary, at the Fifth District Court of Appeals. First, as a staff attorney to Judge John W. Wise and presently, as a mediation attorney, at the court. I established the court's mediation program in 2019.

Question 2

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

I also have experience in the private sector working in the litigation/appellate sections at Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. I advised and represented clients in all phases of litigation. At the appellate level, I drafted motions, briefs, and presented oral arguments in the Fifth, Seventh and Ninth District Courts of Appeals and I assisted with a couple cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. This non-judicial experience was in addition to my experience working behind the bench and I believe this makes me a well-rounded candidate for the appellate bench.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am running for a judicial seat, on the Fifth District Court of Appeals, because I want to continue the high quality of service this court provides to the residents of the 15 counties comprising the Fifth District Court of Appeals. These counties include: Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Richland, Stark and Tuscarwas. In 2025, two Judges will retire from the bench. They will take a combined 66 years of appellate experience with them. It is imperative that voters elect candidates who have strong appellate backgrounds to fill these seats. In addition to my appellate experience, I am also 1 of only 25 attorneys, in the state of Ohio, who is certified as an appellate law specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. I have practiced law for over 31 years and I have the experience that matters to serve on the Fifth District Court of Appeals' bench.