He joined the staff at Juvenile Court in 2011 as a Magistrate, administering the juvenile traffic docket. She has appeared on Fox Network News, Lester Holt show regarding privacy rights for students. Magistrates conduct proceedings just as a judge would, but certain decisions of the magistrate are not final or effective until they are reviewed and adopted by a judge. If a party wants the judge to review the order to have it changed, then the party must file a request to that effect. Magistrate Bown helps run the high school Mock Trial competition through the Akron Bar Association. Thereafter he attended the Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History and then enrolled in the University of San Francisco Law School. A decision is issued when substantive issues are being addressed, or when the decision, if affirmed, would result in a final disposition of the case. Chief Magistrate Scot Stevenson graduated from the University of Akron Honors College in 1988 and obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1992. After graduating in 1990 from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts,  she obtained her law degree from the Ohio Northern University Petit College of Law in 1994. She is a member of the Ohio Magistrates Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Association. For over 5 years, she was a Guardian ad Litem and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. He now maintains the traffic docket and cases in the area of dependency, neglect and abuse. Rebecca has been and continues to be very active in her community and with a number of organizations. He had an extensive experience in appellate practice and argued before local Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court. After her time with Judge Ford, she served for four years as a Trust Officer at Key Bank in the Employee Benefits Division where she drafted and administered institutional retirement plans governed by ERISA. Learn more about the weeklong celebration at the link below. He resides with his wife, son and daughter in West Akron. Prior to working at Akron Municipal Court, Magistrate Hightower was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law from 2009-2019. Judge John P. Quinn, the Court’s Administrative Judge, has over 38 years of legal experience. Magistrates Chief Magistrate Scot Stevenson ... Cheryl joined Judge Katarina Cook at the Akron Municipal Court in August, 2015, as her Judicial Attorney, and followed Judge Cook to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in the same capacity in January, 2017. Each day, the Greater Akron Young Professionals Network and the Greater Akron Chamber will highlight the recipients. Magistrate Fra… When not working with families or volunteering, Chief Magistrate Scott enjoys golf, traveling, cooking, reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends. With a keen interest for families, children and community and as a strong advocate for public education, Rebecca was elected to and served as a member of the Akron Board of Education from 2002-2005. We are sad to report that the OAM has lost two treasured members within the past few months. Create New Account. The court conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases, handles traffic and criminal misdemeanors, and civil cases where the money in dispute does not exceed $15,000. She is admitted to practice in Colorado, Ohio and before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. A life long resident of Akron, Ohio, Rebecca DiDonato Heimbaugh is a graduate of the Akron Public Schools. Court Magistrates The Canton Municipal Court employs the services of two part- time Court Magistrates to undertake specific judicial duties as prescribed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Magistrate Hightower practices law and serves as a trial attorney in the areas of Domestic Relations, Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, Probate, and Appellate Law. Magistrate Collins joined the Summit County Domestic Relations Court as a judicial attorney in 2000, becoming a Magistrate in 2001. Cheryl Wear was born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls and has been a resident of West Akron for the past 18 years. She joined the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in March of 2017. He served on the Summit County Facilities Review Board, a Board which examines and reports on local prisons and Community Based Correctional Facilities. Copyright 2014 Summit County Domestic Relations Court. Magistrate Frantz received her Undergraduate Degree Summa Cum Laude from Walsh College, and completed law school at the University of Akron School of Law. He is a graduate from Buchtel High School. Magistrate Angela Hardway serves all six judges and presides over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and Journalism from Kent State University. Contract disputes and personal-injury jury trials are typical for Jump, who’s been a municipal court magistrate for 22 years. The website was down for most of Tuesday. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and The House of the Lord where she volunteers in the nursery and marriage ministry. Chief Magistrate Stevenson also has served our Community over the last two decades. Forgot account? A magistrate's order is effective immediately. local rules of the court rules of practice and procedure of the akron municipal court of akron, ohio [originally effective january 3, 1984] rule no. Magistrate Bown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University of Ohio in 2000 and his Juris Doctor in 2004 from The University of Akron School of Law. The Common Pleas Court is charged with dispensing justice, resolving disputes, and protecting the constitutional rights of those who appear before the Court. While at the University of Akron, he worked for Judge Bill Spicer in the Summit Count Probate Court. "This is the court where I can make the most positive changes to affect Summit County, as a whole, and help relieve a stressed community," said Hightower, 46. Magistrate Jennifer D. Towell started her legal career serving in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Lieutenant in the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard Naval Legal Services Office. In 1989, she toured throughout Europe for six months with the Continental Singers. in Economics, a Masters in Economics, and a JD/MBA(Marketing). 4 appearance of persons arrested/not arrestedcriminal and traffic court … She serves the families of Summit County by conducting proceedings and making decisions on important matters including temporary orders, child support, custody and domestic violence/dating violence civil protection orders. She lives in Copley with her son who attends Copley Fairlawn Middle School. Magistrate Towell received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University of Ohio, cum laude and her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law. Magistrate Todd further oversees the Court's License Intervention Program which assists drivers in obtaining a VALID driver's license. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law and has bar admissions to the Ohio State Bar, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Magistrate Todd is a former CMHA Hearing Officer, Assistant Akron City Prosecutor, Assistant Summit County Prosecutor and court-wide Magistrate for the Akron Municipal Court. Magistrate Collins brings to the Domestic Relations Court a rich and varied set of life experiences. In this role, she developed regional strategic initiatives in order to maximize corporate, law firm and government organization partnerships and industry relationships across the United States. Magistrates Taryn L. Heath and Jeremy J. Foltz preside over criminal and traffic minor misdemeanor cases Monday through Friday from 8:30 am till the Villages of Lakemore and Richfield; and that part of Mogadore in Summit County, Ohio. Magistrate Bown is admitted to practice in Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was promoted to Chief Magistrate where he served until December 31, 2000. During that time, she taught legal courses in the areas of Law Practice Management, Advanced Legal Applications, and Criminal Law Lab. Magistrate Margaret Scott has over 25 years of legal experience and after resolving hundreds of cases as an assistant prosecuting attorney, she was appointed as Magistrate in December of 2018 and promoted to Chief Magistrate on January 1, 2020. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges and the American Bar Association. He also has served as the Law director for Twinsburg Township from 2011 until his appointment to the bench. A native of Cleveland's east side, Magistrate Bolton holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hiram College and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Along with a pileup of traffic cases, Jump and the other magistrates juggle small claims cases, evictions, collection matters, and misdemeanors. Most recently, she was in private practice with a focus on criminal defense, juvenile issues, and evictions for two apartment complexes. Magistrate Scott is a graduate of Class XI of the Child and Family Leadership Exchange and is an active member of our community. She is a member of the Summit County Opiate Task Force, the Akron Bar Association Foundation, the Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Copley Fairlawn Parent Teacher Student Association, and many other community organizations. Serving these organizations has been a source of pride and accomplishment for Chief Magistrate Stevenson over the years. Magistrate Kani Hightower is one of two magistrates presiding over the Small Claims and Evictions dockets at Akron Municipal Court. Outside of work, Cheryl loves to sing and play the piano. The OSBA visited the Akron Municipal Court, located in the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, for the next installment of the “Ohio Courthouse Series.” This series features videos and interviews with courthouse staff to help you get to know your county courthouses, from key staff to navigating the building. She also served as Akron Law’s bar exam coordinator for nearly five years and operated the Summer Writing Center for a period of time. Magistrate Todd lives in Akron with her husband and three children. Bill served for many years as Magistrate with the Lucas County Domestic Relations Court. Initially he practiced in Barberton, Ohio. Cheryl was admitted to the Bar in Ohio in 1992, and to the Bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, in 2009. She is certified to practice in Federal Court as well as the Federal Court of Claims. They are appointed by the Judges of the Court. She also enjoys presenting throughout the community on different topics impacting our families including grandparents’ rights. Chief Magistrate Stevenson was born and raised in Summit County. Magistrate Ford is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor in English. Following this tenure as a private practitioner, Ms. Frantz joined the Legal Department for the Child Protective Division of the Stark County Department of Jobs and Family Services in 1997. A magistrate's order is effective immediately. A magistrate would issue a decision when deciding the motion of a party for summary judgment, or for judgment on the pleadings, for example. 2 hours of session rule no. Rebecca has been with the Court since 2003. Please visit the "News" section of our website to read information related to court procedures implemented as our nation is impacted by COVID-19. Cheryl is an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the University of Akron men’s basketball team. Magistrate Kani Hightower is one of two magistrates presiding over the Small Claims and Evictions dockets at Akron Municipal Court. She also served as a GAL  in both Stark and Summit Counties, a Mediator for Summit County Juvenile Court and served on the Stark County Family Court’s Citizens’  Review Board for several years. Cheryl has been active in the community throughout her professional life. The Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, is a court of general jurisdiction, handling both criminal and civil cases. Cheryl joined Judge Katarina Cook at the Akron Municipal Court in August, 2015, as her Judicial Attorney, and followed Judge Cook to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in the same capacity in January, 2017. Magistrates have been watching for tenants and landlords who, despite the Friday evening announcement, tried to attend their previously scheduled hearing. She was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club, served for seven years on the Chapel Hill Christian School Board of Education, and spent four years on the Alumni Advisory Board of Western Reserve Academy. See more of Akron Municipal Court on Facebook. are examples of orders issued by magistrates that take immediate effect. 2008 Beth Root of the Fairborn Municipal Court (pictured with OAM President David Jump and OAM Vice-President Greg Clifford). He was a member and Vice-President of the Barberton Area Salvation Army advisory board. Magistrate Collins has also worked as a private practice attorney in Ohio with a focus on domestic relations practice and is a legal instructor at the Academy of Court Reporting in Akron. Kimberly J. Bolton joined the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court as a magistrate in April of 2018. Magistrate Todd received her Bachelor's of Arts from Kent State University, summa cum laude and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law. While maintaining his law practice, Chief Magistrate Stevenson also held a number of positions to prepare himself for service as a Magistrate. An order is usually issued for matters that are not dispositive of the entire case. Magistrate Ford has previous experience working for Judge Brenda Burnham-Unruh in Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Child Support Enforcement Agency as a Hearing Officer and as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Akron. Magistrate Thomas D. Bown serves all six judges and presides over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal cases. Since 2004, Magistrate Hardway was in private practice with Bevan and Associates LPA, Inc. specializing in the areas of workers’ compensation, probate and estate planning, civil litigation and domestic relations. In private practice, Chief Magistrate Stevenson, practiced in the areas of general civil litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Kani Hightower is a magistrate in Akron Municipal Court who has spent most of her legal career in private practice, handling everything from traffic offenses to murder cases. If a party wants the judge to review the order to have it changed, then the party must file a request to that effect. Franklin County Municipal Court has 15 judges and five full-time magistrates. He was appointed as a Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Court in January 2017. Magistrate Hardway lives in West Akron with her husband and three children. From January 2006 to January 2016, she served as a part-time magistrate in the Medina Municipal Court. Magistrates Bill Byrne and Mike Finney Pass Away. Following her time with the Ohio Attorney General, Cheryl returned to the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals to serve as Judicial Attorney to Judge Thomas R. Wright. Following her time at Key Bank, she served almost five years as Judicial Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum in Akron. The magistrates of the Cleveland Municipal Court handle several different types of … The Akron Municipal Court serves the cities of Akron and Fairlawn; the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield; Three times he received the Volunteer Legal Services Program’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his work and dedication representing low income citizens of Summit County. Rebecca is also a National Association of Parliamentarian certified parliamentarian, and a former basketball official. Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton is one of thirty professi... onals who will be honored during the fourteenth annual “30 for the Future” Award Ceremony. After serving there for two years, he was appointed a hearing officer for the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles hearing disputes between automobile dealers and manufacturers. She was admitted to the Practice of Law and the Ohio Bar in 1987. Additional recipients of the 2008 Judicial Awards who were unable to be present were Judge Carol Dezso of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court and Judge Denise McColley of the Henry County Family Court. Magistrate Hardway also supervises the Small Claims Court Mediation Program. After law school, Cheryl spent two and a half years at the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals as Judicial Attorney to Judge Donald R. Ford (now deceased). Today at 5:19 PM. Magistrate Collins completed his Juris Doctorate at the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1997, where he also served as a research assistant on agriculture and the law. She graduated from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1988 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in May 1988. Cheryl continued her education at Duke University, then transferred to the University of Akron where she earned a B.A. On Monday, Akron Municipal Court’s docket of scheduled hearings on their website was not updated to reflect these changes. Orders to continue a case, pretrial orders, orders regarding discovery, etc. 3 decorum and conduct rule no. Magistrate Tamara Todd serves as the Traffic Court Magistrate. His primary non-work interests are his family, WWII history and cooking. In 2016, I was one of two Magistrates serving on the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Conference’s Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. Magistrate Cara Ford came to Domestic Relations Court in May of 2019. After working at the Ninth District Court of Appeals, Chief Magistrate Stevenson began a career in the private practice of law. In her spare time, Diane enjoys all types of sports, especially golf and swimming. Cheryl then took her bankruptcy experience to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Collections Enforcement Division, where she served for two years representing the State of Ohio in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. In 1996 he was appointed a Magistrate in the Barberton Municipal Court hearing small claims and traffic matters. Barberton Municipal Court is an integral part of the state court system in Ohio. As a member of Montrose Zion United Methodist Church she volunteers with the children’s ministry in addition to serving on the staff parish relations committee. Lastly, from 2011 until 2014 he served as a Magistrate in the Cuyahoga Falls Mayor’s Court hearing traffic and criminal matters. In 1982, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2012, I was elected to the board of the Ohio Association of Magistrates where I have served as second vice-president, editor of the newsletter, and chairperson of the municipal practice area. Recent Post by Page. While living in Santa Barbara, California he served as a job coach for developmentally disabled adults; a volunteer mediator in domestic and civil cases; a policy research intern to the Santa Barbara County Supervisors; a judicial intern in the Federal District Court of Minnesota; and a real estate law instructor for the Ohio School of Real Estate Studies. Congratulations once again, J 1 citation of rules rule no. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a navigator. She also served as a Trustee on the Ohio School Board Association for two years. While at Key Bank, Cheryl received the Key Bank Achievement of Excellence Award. In February 2016, she joined the Summit County Common Pleas Court, General Division as a full-time Magistrate, Mediator and Judicial Attorney. Magistrate Kimberly J. Bolton. She has also been a guest on the Jon Stewart Show. Cheryl is also active in her church, Christ Community Chapel where she has been involved in the music ministry and currently serves as a volunteer for the RESTORE Addiction Recovery Ministry. He has been a member and chairperson of both the Barberton Public Library and the Akron Law Library Boards. With over twenty years of experience as a trial attorney, Judge Quinn came to the Domestic Relations Court in 1995 as a Magistrate. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice. Magistrate Diane L. Dougherty was raised in Stark County, Ohio and graduated from Perry High School in 1978. AKRON, Ohio – Akron Municipal Court on Monday will resume eviction hearings for the first time since March, when the court paused action on most eviction cases because of … He is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Association and also belongs to the Ohio Association of Magistrates. While attending USF he served as staff for the Admiralty Moot Court and an editor of the USF Maritime Law Journal. Magistrate Hardway graduated from The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2004. Akron Municipal Court Judiciary Akron, Ohio 576 followers Our Judges, Magistrates and staff are proud to serve our jurisdiction. She is an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying  football and baseball. Akron Municipal Court. Mission Statement The Canton Municipal Court is an independent branch of government entrusted with the fair, timely, impartial and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of … or. She currently lives in Copley with her family. Currently, Cheryl is a volunteer at St. Thomas Hospital’s Ignatia Hall. She presides over the court's daily traffic arraignments and trials, handles parking and driving privilege hearings and manages cases after sentencing. Magistrate Hightower also earned the Designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk while she served as Clerk of Council for the City of Aurora, Ohio from 1998 to 2004. Similarly, a magistrate would issue a decision after hearing a contested trial. After graduating from law school he was a staff attorney/judicial law clerk for Judge John Reece of the Ninth District Court of Appeals. While working full-time in the private sector,  Rebecca attended and graduated from University of Akron School of Law. Cheryl has been active in the community throughout her professional life. Magistrate Todd is a member of the Akron Bar Association, Akron-Canton Barristers Association and the Ohio Association of Magistrates. He has been married to his wife, Diana Stevenson, for over twenty years and is a proud parent of Joshua and Alexander Stevenson. The first was OAM Life Member, Bill Byrne who passed away on August 24, 2019. Not Now. Magistrate Scott received the 2006 Summit County High Point Award and the 2014 Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties’ Prosecutor of the Year Award. Diane was engaged in private practice for 28 years with an emphasis on criminal defense in the Federal and State systems, juvenile, domestic relations, civil litigation and bankruptcy matters. She is married to Michael, also an attorney, and has two children in college. Prior to graduation from law school, she worked as a paralegal with Amer, Cunningham, Brennan, Co., LPA and as a Bailiff for the Honorable Judge W. Don Reader in the Stark County Family Court. Magistrates are non-elected judicial officers. Magistrates issue orders and decisions. Log In. The website was down for most of Tuesday. Magistrate Towell also worked as the Director of E-Discovery Affairs for Applied Discovery, a division of LexisNexis. Magistrate Stephan Collins was born in Iowa and later came to Akron. Magistrate Towell and her husband reside in Bath Township with their three children.