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Judge - First District Court of Appeals of Ohio (Comm. 2-12-19)

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    Ginger Bock

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Campaign Phone (513) 332-0652
Age 47
City/town Cincinnati, OH
Education/Degrees J.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Law, Summa Cum Laude; B.A. from Miami University, Cum Laude
Community Involvement Board (Former), Community Shares of Cincinnati; Member, Woman's City Club of Cincinnati; Member, NAACP
Endorsements AFS-CME Ohio Council 8; Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council; Cincinnati Federation of Teachers; Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus; Equality Cincinnati Political Action Committee; Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council; Greater Cincinnati Building Trades; Greater Cincinnati UAW-CAP Labor Council; Hamilton County Democratic Party; LiUNA! Local 265; National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter; OAPSE / AFSCME Local 4; Ohio AFL-CIO; Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #24; UFCW Local 75
Campaign Message Ohio needs appellate judges with appellate experience and the commitment to serve. Ohio needs Ginger Bock.
I am running because I have ideas to make the First District Court of Appeals an exemplary court.

1. Increase transparency. Judgments should fully inform parties of the Court’s legal reasoning. Not only is it good practice to issue decisions with clear legal reasoning, but also it increases trust in the system when people understand why a court rules in a particular way.

2. Decrease disparities in the justice system. Confronting one’s implicit biases is an essential step in eliminating disparities. I will attend annual classes involving topics like recognizing implicit biases and disparities. Further, to increase diversity on the bench, it helps to provide clerkship opportunities to people from all walks of life. I have reached out to people to build a wide pool of applicants.

3. Commitment. We need a Court in which every judge is prepared for every case. Whether it takes 40 hours per week or 80, I will thoroughly prepare for every case that appears before me.

My legal career has focused on doing what appellate court judges do—identifying when a trial court has erred.

After graduating summa cum laude from U.C. College of Law, I was a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeals. I drafted dozens of opinions, learned the ins and outs of the Court, and acquired in-depth training on the nuances of appellate advocacy. In private practice, I continued focusing on appeals. I handled appeals in many areas of law, such as contracts, family law, and criminal. I have argued cases at all levels across Ohio, including at the First District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Being a judge means being a public servant: Someone who puts in the hard work necessary to best serve the people. If I am elected to serve as a judge, I will take that responsibility very seriously.

I understand appellate law. I love researching, writing, and reading. And I welcome hard work. These qualities make me an ideal candidate for appellate court judge.
Campaign Phone (513) 673-4277
Age 59
City/town Blue Ash, OH
Education/Degrees University of Cincinnati, BBA, Accounting, 1983 J.D. Chase College of Law, 1987
Community Involvement Board of Governors of Cincinnati Children's Dyslexia Center, Youth Athletics Coach, Common Pleas Judges Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Moot Court Judge.
Endorsements Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge 69, Cincinnati Firefighters, Local 48, IAFF, Hamilton County Republican Party.
Campaign Message Experience Matters.
I am running for the First District Court of Appeals because I am qualified to serve. As an intermediate appellate court, the primary function is to hear appeals from the common pleas court and the county municipal court. Having served the citizens of Hamilton County for over sixteen years as a trial court judge on both the Hamilton County Municipal Court and the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, I possess the judicial experience, training, and knowledge to competently and professionally execute the responsibilities required of a judge serving on the First District Court of Appeals.
After fifteen years of experience as a prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and civil attorney. I was elected to the Hamilton County Municipal Court in 2001. I was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2006, 2008, and 2014. In 2015 I was elected by my colleagues on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to lead the Court as the Presiding and Administrative Judge. During my tenure as a trial judge, I have presided over more than 32,000 civil and criminal cases, ranging from traffic cases to death penalty cases. In my 20 years of experience, I have tried countless bench and jury trials as a lawyer and as a judge, and I will bring that informed perspective and knowledge of the law to the First District Court of Appeals. I have a long-standing and demonstrated respect for the law and for justice. I have taken my responsibilities and duties as a judge very seriously. I look forward to bringing my experience, commitment, and dedication to the First District Court of Appeals.
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