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Judge - First District Court of Appeals of Ohio (Comm 2-11-19)

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Campaign Phone (513) 290-6411
City/town Glendale, OH
Education/Degrees The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., May 2000 West Virginia University, B.A., International Studies & German, May 1997
Community Involvement Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) 2012-2018 Sixth Circuit Vice Chair of the NACDL Amicus Committee 2012-13 President of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Member, Cincinnati Bar Association Fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law Faculty at the National Criminal Defense College Friends to the Indigent, Board of Directors
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus Equality Cincinnati PAC Cincinnati Federation of Teachers National Association of Social Workers - Ohio Chapter Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Ohio AFL-CIO AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) United Cincinnati UAW-CAP Council Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council LiUNA! Local 265 United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 75
Campaign Message A fresh voice to ensure judicial independence.
I am running for judge on the First District Court of Appeals because, as an advocate for my clients, I can only do so much to change problems that I see with our justice system. This year, I decided to run for judge so that I can work to affect change from the inside. Hamilton County needs judges on the bench who are independent, fair, transparent, compassionate, and hardworking public servants. My 18 years of experience has shown me how judges’ decisions affect the lives of ordinary people, particularly those who are disadvantaged in our system due to race, gender, or economic status. I want a seat at the table to help make sure our judicial system is fair for everyone.
I am the best candidate as a result of the experience I have amassed over my 18-year legal career. I began my career working for a federal judge, managing half of his docket and working under his guidance to write many civil and criminal case opinions. This opportunity afforded me a unique perspective on judicial decision-making.

After clerking, I began private practice as a litigator and have argued cases in many different areas of law, appearing in both federal appeals court (the Sixth Circuit) and Ohio’s 1st District Court of Appeals. I have dedicated myself to fighting for those for whom financial status is a barrier to accessing justice, often taking pro bono and appointed cases in addition to my normal casework. I also teach as an Adjunct Professor at the UC College of Law.

Finally, as I have no lawyers or elected officials in my family, I am truly independent and impartial. The public can have complete confidence that I can render decisions free of conflicts and bias.
Age 44
City/town Cincinnati
Education/Degrees BA, University of Notre Dame JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Community Involvement St. James White Oak Former Member, Operation Veterans Legal Help Ohio Youth Sports Coach Ohio Bar Association Cincinnati Bar Association
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party Greater Cincinnati Right to Life PAC Fraternal Order of Police Local 69- CPD International Association Fire Fighters Local 48– Cincinnati Fire
Campaign Message Our County needs Judges that are faithful to our Liberty through the defense of the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
I became a lawyer because I promised myself that my career choice would be one of service to others. I was taught and believe that a life well led is one of service. I fulfilled that promise in many ways by being able to help many people and families throughout my career through some of their most difficult times. Now, as a Court of Appeals Judge, I am able to continue to serve our community by protecting and defending the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States, and the Ohio Constitution. I recognize that Judges need to understand their role in government as a member of the Judicial Branch. We are to be guardians of liberty by giving the law, as enacted and codified by the people--through their directly elected representatives--absolute respect and deference under the Constitution. I believe that we are a government of the people, and I'm running to keep my seat on Ohio's Court of Appeals because I believe I am well suited to honor that principle.
I have 17 years of experience in the practice of law, representing hundreds of clients in both criminal and civil matters in both state and federal courts. I began my career defending local governments and police officers. I also served as a public defender. I have handled civil rights claims, injury claims, zoning and land use disputes, contract claims, and business disputes, among a wide diversity of cases. I owned my own business and served as a member of Operation Legal Help Ohio, which provides free legal services to veterans. I've also served as a Township Trustee and County Commissioner. These positions have given me the unique perspective of a policy maker, which has given me a heightened respect for the rule of law and separation of power. My wife and I are raising our young children in Hamilton County. Our elected officials are shaping the future for the next generation. I have a vested interest in good government, and the protection of Liberty in our court system.
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