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Official Website: Justice Michael P. Donnelly

 

Justice Michael P. Donnelly is the 160th justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He took office January 1, 2019, following his statewide election in November 2018 to a full term on the Court. The last day of his current term is Dec. 31, 2024.

Prior to joining the state Court, Justice Donnelly served as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division for 14 years, from 2005 to 2018. He was elected to the seat in November 2004 and re-elected in 2010 and 2016.

Before serving as a member of the local judiciary, Justice Donnelly was an assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor from 1992 until 1997. He then went on to practice civil litigation for seven years, representing plaintiffs and injured workers in asbestos litigation, personal injury lawsuits, and workers’ compensation claims. 

In recent years, Justice Donnelly served as chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and currently is a member of both the Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners and the Ohio Jury Instruction Committee. He was appointed by the chief justice to the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force in 2013.

In addition, from 2010 to 2017, he was one of five judges on Cuyahoga County’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Court, which oversees criminal cases involving defendants who suffer from schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, or a developmental disability. He also has been a faculty member of the Ohio Judicial College, teaching both attorneys and judges at numerous continuing-legal-education seminars on professionalism and issues of civil and criminal justice reform.

He is a proud recipient of the Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and also received the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) 2017 Public Service Award.

Justice Donnelly serves on the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, which helps inner-city boys and girls play baseball and softball in the summer at no charge. He also was involved with the development of the Western Reserve Fire Museum, which educates children about fire safety.

He is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University, both in Cleveland, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1992.

He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Cleveland Heights. They have two children.

Admitted in Bar:
1992
Born:
August 30, 1966
Residence:
Cleveland Heights
High School:
St. Ignatius High School
College:
John Carroll University
Law School:
Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Legal Experience:

  • Former Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor (1992-1997)
  • Davis & Young (1997-1999)
  • Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli (1999-2004) 

Appointments:

  • Appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to the Commission on Professionalism (2007 – 2012); Served as Chairman, 2012
  • Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners (2014 – Present)
  • Ohio Jury Instructions Committee (2013 – Present)
  • Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force 2013
  • Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association Board of Trustees; Elected Third Vice President, 2015

Awards:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Outstanding Service as a Trustee 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Hon. William K. Thomas Professionalism Award 2015

Justice Michael P. Donnelly
The Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3436
614-387-9000

Official Website: Justice Melody J. Stewart

Justice Melody J. Stewart was elected in November 2018 to a full term as the 161st Justice to serve on the Court. Justice Stewart was sworn into office on January 2, 2019 and her last day of this current term will be January 2, 2025. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Stewart served on the Eighth District Court of Appeals – elected to an unexpired term in 2006, and twice reelected to full terms. She served as the court’s Administrative Judge in 2013.

Justice Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal, and academic experience. She was an administrator for a health care management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator, and a law school administrator and professor before being elected to the Court of Appeals. While on the appellate court, Justice Stewart was assigned to hear cases in other appellate districts and on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Justice 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. She also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University in 2018.

After practicing law as an assistant law director for the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland, Justice Stewart worked as a lecturer, an adjunct instructor, and an assistant dean at Cleveland-Marshall before joining the full-time 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 and at Ursuline College. She also was director of student services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

Justice 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, Justice Stewart completed serving as a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee; on the board of the Supreme Court’s Judicial College; and as chair of the Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council.

Justice Stewart is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Ohio, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Of historical note: Justice Stewart is the first African-American woman elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

Justice Melody J. Stewart
The Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3436
614-387-9000