Honorable Melody J. Stewart

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.  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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November 21, 2014

CLE- "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964". Click here for more information

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50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?

The popular and provocative NSMBA "Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship" CLE series continues with the seminar, "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?" The program will open with a historical perspective of events that led to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and, subsequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NSMBA's exceptional faculty will examine how these laws impacted America's culture, raised racial consciousness and transformed the country.

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 21, 2014
CLE- Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
DECEMBER 3, 2014
Community Orientation Program
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Thanks to everyone for your support and attendance at Annual Trailblazer Luncheon!

Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors!

2014 Luncheon Sponsors:

Signature Sponsor: Thompson Hine

Barrister: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Squire Patton Boggs, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Advocate: Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Thacker Martinsek, Tucker Ellis, Dominion, Ulmer & Berne LLP, The Cleveland Foundation & Roetzel & Andress

Counselor: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, the Ohio State Bar Association, Sheryl King Benford, Reminger, Parker Hannifin Corporation & Special Counsel

Table: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Legal Aid Society, Littler Mendelson, Bethany Baptist Church, Pinkney-Perry/Hylant Group, Cleveland Municipal Court, Brouse McDowell & Gallagher Sharp

Academic: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Squire Patton Boggs, Britton Smith Peters & Kalail Co. L.P.A., Eaton Corporation & Redia Anderson