B.A., Loyola University Chicago
J.D., Capital University Law School
2015-present: Chief Counsel, Ohio Dept. of Veterans Services.
July-December 2015: Judge, Franklin Co. Municipal Court.
March-July 2015: Judge, Franklin Co. Common Pleas Court.
2000-2015: Ass't. Pros. Att'y.
Former Army Judge Advocate
Married for twenty years, with four children ranging from 15 to 6.
Experience and temperament. I learned a lot from my time as an assistant prosecutor, working felony trial cases including murders and drug trafficking. My time as a soldier in Afghanistan taught me the importance of patience and hard work. My current role as Chief Counsel for the Ohio Department of Veterans Services has shown me the importance of service- others', and my own. My family keeps me grounded!
As a former judge in both Common Pleas and Municipal Court, I have had the opportunity to serve in both bench and jury trials. I know how important it is for everyone to get a fair day in court.
Everyone deserves a fair day in court. Everyone deserves a chance to state their case. Judges are like all other public servants: I owe everyone in the courtroom and the community courtesy, respect, and my best effort.
I have spent my professional life in service to the community, as a prosecutor, soldier, and judge. At home, I'm devoted to my family, my community, and my parish. I believe in hard work and fairness for neighbors, and for everyone who comes to court.
Capital University Law School,
Juris Doctor May 1992, The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Art Education
Judge- Franklin County Municipal Court
12/2/2015- present Magistrate-Franklin Co. Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court 11/2002-12/2015 Asst. Sr. Prosecutor
Franklin Co. Prosecutor
12/1995 -11/2002 Asst. Cols City Prosecutor 11/1992-12/19
1 adult son, Bryan Sours Age 36
I have made a lifetime commitment to public service. I have an enormous amount of experience as a trial attorney, Magistrate and as a Judge. But experience is not measured just by the raw number of years or cases handled. Experience is what you have learned. Because of what I have learned, I have developed an excellent grasp of the law and the rules of evidence. I have handled extraordinarily large caseloads effectively and efficiently. Further, I have handled many cases with high media interest and cases that have been emotionally charges for all parties involved. As a result, I have developed the attitude, knowledge and demeanor appropriate for a member of the Judiciary.
The most effective judges possess significant legal knowledge and experience, while retaining the capacity to relate closely to the individuals who come before them everyday. I have sought to accomplish both these objectives and to achieve the balance necessary to make me effective, efficient and fair.
I believe in punishment when it is deserved, treatment when it is needed, a readiness to search for alternatives, and a steady focus on what really works. As a Judge and public servant I am committed to improving the lives of those caught up in the legal system through the cycles of violence, unaddressed mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependence and poverty. Municipal Court provides me the best foundation from which to work to reduce crime and violence and to help build healthy adults, families and communities.
I am running to retain my seat as Judge for the same reason I was initially motivated to run; the Municipal Court is a court of the people. I understand the power of the court to impact both those who come before it and the community as a whole.
This has proven especially true through my work as presiding Judge of the Court's Mental Health Specialty docket which is in addition to my regular docket. Our Mental Health docket is one of only two such dockets in Ohio chosen to receive a 1 million dollar grant for a pilot program designed to provide assistance in creating and maintaining stable citizens in our community. Also, I am the recipient of the National Alliance on Mental Illness 2017 Champion award, which recognizes those who exhibit leadership and service on behalf of those with mental illness.
Further, I am the Municipal Court representative on the Franklin County Opiate Task Force which enables me help find workable solutions for those facing opiate addiction.