Melody J. Stewart
|Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court|
January 2, 2019
|Judge of the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals|
2006 - January 2, 2019
|Born||October 2, 1965|
|Education||University of Cincinnati (B.A.)|
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D.)
Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D.)
Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; her Juris Doctor as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; and her Doctor of Philosophy as a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
On November 8, 2018, Stewart faced incumbent Mary DeGenaro in the general election for a seat on the Supreme Court. She won the seat 52.5% to 47.5%. She is the first African-American woman Democrat elected to the Supreme Court.
She 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.
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