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Elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals – Eighth Appellate District in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, Judge Melody Stewart has over 25 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.  In 2013 she served as the court's Administrative Judge.

Judge Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, obtained her law degree as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, and completed 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 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’s School of Law.

Judge Stewart has served on many boards of trustees and been a member of various professional, civic, and community organizations.  She also served as a Volunteer Magistrate Judge for the Cuyahoga County juvenile diversion program and was a commissioner and chair of the Board of Planning and Zoning for the city of Euclid.  Currently, she serves on the board of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College and on several committees of the Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial Conference.  Judge Stewart is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Ohio, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

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