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Ohio Court of Appeals Eighth Appellate District Judge Melody J. Stewart

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 Ohio Democratic Party - Podcast
This Ohio Democratic Podcast features our endorsed 
Democratic candidates for Ohio Supreme Court -- 
Appellate Court Judge Melody J. Stewart and 
Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Donnelly. 
The judges discuss their backgrounds growing up in northeast Ohio, 
their judicial philosophies -- and their shared love of music.

Meet Judge Melody J. Stewart

Who inspired me to run for office?

Elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals – Eighth Appellate District in 2006 and twice reelected, Judge Melody Stewart has over 30 years of combined administrative, legal, and academic experience in a number of private and public settings.  She has been an administrator for a healthcare management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator, and a law school administrator and professor.  She served as the Administrative Judge for the Court of Appeals in 2013.

Judge Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; her law degree as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University; and her Ph.D. as a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.   

After practicing law as an assistant law director for the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland, Judge Stewart worked as a lecturer, an adjunct instructor, and an assistant dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before joining the faculty.  Her primary teaching areas were ethics and professional responsibility, criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal research, writing, and advocacy.  Additionally, she taught at the University of Toledo College of Law, at Ursuline College, and was Director of Student Services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

Judge Stewart has served on many boards of trustees and been a member of various professional, educational, civic, and community organizations.  She also served as a commissioner and chair of the Board of Planning and Zoning for the city of Euclid.  Recently Judge Stewart served as a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee.  She is currently a member of the board of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College and is chair of the Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council.  Judge Stewart is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Ohio, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

 

Appellate Court Judge Melody J. Stewart and
Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Donnelly
Running for Ohio’s Highest Court

2.06.18 - COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats have two top-notch candidates for state Supreme Court in 2018, with Appellate Court Judge Melody J. Stewart and Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Donnelly filing their petitions today to run for Ohio’s highest court.

“It’s time to take politics out of the Ohio Supreme Court, restore balance and elect justices who understand Ohioans’ real lives and economic challenges,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The Court needs the best and most capable jurists, and Judge Melody Stewart and Judge Michael Donnelly bring extensive experience — both in the courtroom and in the community — to the bench.”

Elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals’ Eighth Appellate District in 2006 and twice re-elected, Judge Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal and academic experience in a number of private and public settings. She has been an administrator for a health care management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator and a law school administrator and professor. Judge Stewart has also served as a visiting justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Judge Stewart has served on many boards of trustees and been a member of various professional, educational, civic and community organizations. She also served as a commissioner and chair of the Board of Planning and Zoning for the city of Euclid. Recently Judge Stewart served as a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee. She is currently a member of the board of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College and is chair of the Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council.

Judge Donnelly has served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 2005 and ran unopposed for re-election in 2016. After being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1992, Judge Donnelly served for five years as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. He worked in private practice for seven years before his election to the Common Pleas bench. Judge Donnelly was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to the Commission on Professionalism from 2007-2012 and was its chair during his last year of service. He serves on the Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners and on the Ohio Jury Instructions Committee. He was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force in 2013.

Judge Donnelly serves on the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, one of Cleveland’s oldest charitable organizations, which helps the inner city boys and girls of Cleveland play baseball and softball in the summer at no charge. He has also been involved with the newly opened Western Reserve Fire Museum, which protects the history of Cleveland area’s fire safety forces and educates children about fire safety.


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