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Judge - Hamilton County Common Pleas - Comm. 1-1-19

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  • Steven Martin

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Age 62
Education/Degrees BS in Accounting Indiana University 1979, Juris Doctor Indiana University 1982
Community Involvement See below
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party
Campaign Message Experience and community involvement matters!!!
I am running for re-election because I want to use my 21 years of judicial experience to continue to serve the cause of justice in our community. I work to get cases resolved as quickly and fairly as possible. I have handled many complex civil and criminal cases. I believe that convicted violent predators need to go to prison to protect society. For non violent offenders, I utilize drug treatment and mental health programs to help get these defendants back to being productive members of society. I utilize the Alternative Interventions for Women program that is run by our Court Clinic. Knowing what resources to use and when to use them is important. Experience helps with that. I believe the citizens of Hamilton County deserve a Judge who works hard to ensure that the court system is open to all and that all will be treated fairly. That is the commitment I made when I became a Judge and it is the way I preside in my courtroom every day. Our system of justice must be accessible to all.
In addition to my judicial experience described in the previous question, my involvement in the community is extensive. I have been a Whiz Kids tutor at John P. Parker School in Madisonville. I volunteered for 15 years at the Fernside Center for Grieving Children. I have mentored new lawyers through the Ohio Supreme Court's "Lawyer to Lawyer" program. I have been a trustee of the Cincinnati Bar Association. I instruct other Ohio Judges as to how to properly handle death penalty cases and am a frequent presenter at other Continuing Legal Education programs for lawyers. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Living Hope Transitional Home for Women as well at the Friends of William Howard Taft National Park. I am a volunteer Chaplain at The Christ Hospital. I have been a member of the missions committee of my church. I also speak frequently to community groups across Hamilton County. I am a part of the community I serve. I care deeply about the justice system serving everyone.
Campaign Phone (513) 813-6261
Age 51
Education/Degrees Miami University B.A. 1990, University of Cincinnati College of Law J.D. 1995.
Community Involvement Adjunct Professor, UC College of Law, Municipal Law Course Trial Advocacy Course, UC Trial Practice Coach, Ohio Supreme Court new lawyer mentor.
Endorsements Hamilton County Democratic Party, National Association of Social Workers Ohio, Laborers Local 265, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, Cincinnati FOP Queen City Lodge #69, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 75, Cincinnati AFL/CIO, Greater Cincinnati Building Trades, Greater Cincinnati UAW-CAP, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, Cincinnati Firefighters Local 48, Equality Cincinnati.
Campaign Message #ChangetheCourthouse
My goal is to increase the legitimacy of justice in Hamilton County. I propose three reforms for our court. First, we should increase the depth of the jury pool. Currently, the court only uses registered voters for the jury. The court should use both the registered voter list and all Ohio drivers’ licenses to increase the diversity of jurors. Second, we should publish sentencing and other court statistics on the County's website to increase the transparency of justice. The public should have access to this data to better understand sentencing fairness for both defendants and victims. Third, I believe our common pleas court has a role to play in transforming Hamilton County into a “catch and cure” jurisdiction. By partnering with existing community control models and treatment facilities, our courts should be a place to help solve the drug crisis. Finally, competition is good for our elected officials, especially when democracy depends on different ideas to get different results.
I have been a trial attorney litigating civil cases since serving as a law clerk in Hamilton County. I have successfully tried jury cases in Hamilton, Bulter, and Clermont counties, and in our Federal District Court. I have argued dozens of appeals, including in our First District, the Sixth Circuit, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Since 2003, I have defended Cincinnati, its officials, employees, and boards, including the Cincinnati Board of Health and the Citizen's Complaint Authority. My practice has included wrongful death, medical malpractice, municipal law, civil rights, employment discrimination, and alternative dispute mediation regarding major city and regional infrastructure issues. As an adjunct professor of law at UC, I have had the privilege of instructing second and third-year law students about local government, trial persuasion, and the courtroom. I can help bridge the gap between our justice system and the people who depend on it to keep our neighborhoods safe.
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