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Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon sits as a fifth-term incumbent at the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Judge Blackmon continues to bring a record of public service and a wealth of experience to the appellate bench.

Judge Blackmon’s education began as a child in Mississippi where she learned from her mother basic and invaluable lessons of life: hard work, responsibility, and diligence. Following her 1968 graduation from Lanier High School, Judge Blackmon advanced her education by enrolling at Mississippi’s Tougaloo College. This was a ground-breaking moment in Judge Blackmon’s personal and family history as she was the first of four generations to attend college. Judge Blackmon succeeded beyond expectations, earning the H. Jones Award in History and graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in three disciplines: African-American Studies, Political Science, and History in 1972.

Judge Blackmon received her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Since graduating in 1975, Judge Blackmon has endeavored to serve the Cuyahoga County community which she now affectionately calls home. Notably, Judge Blackmon served as a Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and the city’s first night prosecutor. Judge Blackmon also served as an Assistant Director of Victims/Witness Program and a Professor at Dyke College.

Judge Blackmon has earned numerous honors both personal and professional. Her honors include induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, recipient of the 1996 Alumna of the Year from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and notice at the 2001 “Evening of Stars - A Celebration of Educational Excellence” in a special salute to United Negro College Fund alumni. Further, Judge Blackmon, along with Judge Sara J. Harper, became the first African-American women elected to the Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio, Eighth Judicial District.

In 2017, she was inducted into C/M/LAW Hall of Fame, Living Legends. On May 15, 2018, she was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Cleveland State University.

Judge Blackmon attends Pilgrim United Church of Christ; she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black Women’s PAC, and the LPGA Amateur Golf League. She presently teaches a winter course for the Institute for Learning In Retirement at Baldwin Wallace University for senior citizens. On April 2018, she presented at the National Judicial Institute of Conclave in Chicago, Illinois, on Mindfulness for Judges: Strategic Practice for Focus and Impartiality.

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