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Meet Justice Melody J. Stewart
Justice Melody Stewart was elected in November 2018 to a full term as the 161st Justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Ohio. 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 Eighth District Court of Appeals, Justice Stewart was assigned to hear cases in other appellate districts and in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Education & Law Background
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 College of Law at Cleveland State University; and her Ph.D. as a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University.
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 State’s law school before joining the full-time faculty. Additionally, she taught at the University of Toledo College of Law and at Ursuline College, and was director of student services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.
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.
Community and Professional Associations
Justice Stewart has been a member and served on various professional, educational, civic and community organizations boards and committees including:
- Board of Planning and Zoning for the City of Euclid
- Commissioner and Chair
- Ohio Criminal Justice
- Recodification Committee
- Ohio Supreme Court
- Judicial College Board
- Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council