March 2023

Judge responds to request to step aside from YSU stadium low flight case (21 WFMJ)


February 2023

David D. White Award and Scholarship Reception

January 2023

Ohio death row inmate Elwood Jones will be released on bond Saturday (Yahoo)

December 2022

Getting to know the first Black woman on Michigan’s Supreme Court (Bridge Detroit)

Courts Provide Legal Help Close to Home (Court News Ohio)

November 2022

Cleveland State University Board of Trustees votes to change name of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (News5)

William Howard Taft and his overlooked contributions to the American Legal System (C. Ellen Connally)


Ohio judge freezes state laws banning local gun-control ordinances (

October 2022

Court Renamed to Honor Jurist (Court News Ohio)

Senators Brown, Portman recommend federal judge candidate for Southern District of Ohio (Logan Daily News)

Canton native to be confirmed as U.S. District judge Wednesday (The Repository)

July 2022

Family Guidance Paves Judge’s Supreme Court Path (Court News Ohio)

Supreme Court Network Developing Attorneys Into Judges (Court News Ohio)

June 2022

Ohioans to vote on Nov. 8: Should defendants get higher bonds if they are a danger to the public? (Mahoning Matters)

Voices for Change: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart (News 5)

OBJA SPECIAL REPORT – Commitment to Causes Leads Judge to Supreme Court (Court News Ohio)

May 2022

Artist work depicting women’s fight to vote will be inside Ohio Supreme Court (21 WFMJ)

April 2022

Officer in contempt case argues religious freedom (The Vindicator)

Judge Annalisa Williams and Magistrate Jennifer Towell recognized (Akron Leagal News)

Ketanji Brown Jackson is and isn’t 1st Black female justice (Spectrum)

‘It doesn’t limit us:’ Cleveland-area judges hope Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court will inspire next generation of Black jurists (

DC Group Celebrates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation (NBC)

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination brings renewed attention to lack of Black judges on the federal bench (CNN)

Cleveland judge awaits Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation vote (Spectrum)

March 2022

Bailiff Chelsey Stillwell Level-Headed and Patient

Judge sentences Youngstown officer to jail over mask refusal (WKBN27)

Northeast Ohio judge making history (News 5)

‘Are you the defendant?’: Black law student mistaken for defendant at court (ABC News)

Rooting for her’: Black women judges in Ohio on nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson (Columbus Dispatch)

Judging While Black, Judging While Female (Bloomberg)

Democrats set confirmation hearings for Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson (LA Times)

February 2022

BOOK REVIEW: “Civil Rights Queen” by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Reviewed by C. Ellen Connally (COOL Cleveland)

Two Franklin County jurists among the founders of Ohio Black Judges Association (Columbus Dispatch)

Opinion: Biden’s Supreme Court nominee should be a criminal defense lawyer (Washington Post)

Cleveland Housing Court judge’s requirement that landlords attest to lead-free status brings legal challenge, praise (

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton holds up vote on Ohio U.S. Attorney nominee over unrelated Justice Department beef (

Ohio’s first Black female Justice looks forward to President Biden’s Supreme Court choice (Spectrum)

January 2022

RaMona Benson appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of The Unauthorized Practice of Law!

Black Women in Law Feel Pride and Frustration Ahead of Court Nominee (NY Times)

Meeting Justice Stephen Breyer by C. Ellen Connally (COOL Cleveland)

Should Cleveland-Marshall College of Law drop slaveholder John Marshall’s name? (

Franklin County judge restores historic barber chair as symbol of civil rights (Columbus Dispatch)

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn state House, Senate maps (The Hill)

Cedric Hopkins wants you to know your rights during police stops (Alive)

Justin Bibb sworn in as Cleveland’s new mayor (Ideastream)

December 2021

Ohio State University Must Defend Reverse Racism Claim at Trial (Bloomberg Law)

Senate Judiciary Committee signs off on three prospective Northeast Ohio judges (

Claudette Colvin, arrested for not giving up her seat for a White woman in 1955, has record expunged (CBS)

November 2021

Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton discusses being the first African American male Judge elected in Summit County in 30 years (

White House nominates 10 for US Marshals US Attorney posts (

Cleveland Attorney Marissa Darden Nominated to be first Black Woman to serve as US Attorney in Ohio (

Voters Elect 12 New Municipal Court Judges (Court News Ohio)

October 2021

Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Larry Jones Sr. dies unexpectedly (

Cuyahoga County Judge Larry Jones dies unexpectedly (19 News)

Judge Jones Remembered as ‘Quintessential Public Servant’ (Court News Ohio)

Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Larry A. Jones passes away (Channel 3)

Third Cuyahoga County judge in two weeks has died (Spectrum)

State Data Platform to ‘Tell Full Story’ of Criminal Sentencing in Ohio (Hannah Capitol Connection)

Ohio court data project promises to bring transparency, improve justice in felony cases (The Columbus Dispatch)

Supreme Court, UC Form Sentencing Data Partnership (Court News Ohio)

Ohio Supreme Court and University of Cincinnati to Create First-of-its-Kind Criminal Sentencing Database (Scene)

Justice Stewart Receives Distinguished Legal Award (Court News Ohio)

September 2021

On the Bench: Federal Judiciary (ACS)

Judicial vacancies during the Biden administration (BallotPedia)

Biden nominates 10 more to federal bench, with continued focus on diversity (CNN)

Biden names 3 Ohio judges for Northern District in eighth round of judicial nominees (Spectrum)

Portman, Brown Thank Members of Ohio Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission (Rob Portman)

Portman, Brown Applaud Historic Nominations for Position of U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District Of Ohio (Rob Portman)

Biden announces 14 more nominees to courts (The Hill)

September 30, 2021 5:55 PM EDT Last Updated 3 months ago Biden nominates 10 more federal judges amid diversity push (Reuters)

President Biden Names Eighth Round of Judicial Nominees (The White House)

Retired Ohio Judge Reflects on King Assassination Probe (Court News Ohio)

President Joe Biden makes three Northeast Ohio judicial nominations (

We cannot go back on criminal justice reforms: Emanuella Groves and Cassandra Collier-Williams (

August 2021

Another example demonstrating racial disparities illustrates why Ohio needs a criminal database: Ronald Adrine and Nadine Allen (

Cleveland-area judge uses TikTok to livestream hearings, provide insight on legal system (TMJ4)

Cuyahoga County public theft cases show using restitution to determine sentence can tilt justice toward the wealthy and white (

White woman who stole $250K gets probation, while Black woman who stole $40K goes to jail. Disparate sentences spark calls for reform (

Ohio Leaders Demand Reform After Black Woman Jailed, White Woman Gets Probation for Stealing (Newsweek)

Another example demonstrating racial disparities illustrates why Ohio needs a criminal database: Ronald Adrine and Nadine Allen (

July 2021

Thinking about the Consent Decree (Real Deal)

June 2021

Two Franklin County jurists among the founders of Ohio Black Judges Association (The Columbus Dispatch)

Before joining high court, Thurgood Marshall made history in Detroit | Free Press Flashback (Detroit Free Press)

Ambitious data collection project to advance criminal justice in Ohio (FreshWater)

May 2021

Black judges band to address racial injustices (The Cincinnati Herald)

Judge says Columbus police ran ‘amok’ against protesters, restricts use of force (MPR)

April 2021

Ohio Black Judges Association ready for inaugural event (Mahoning Matters)

Judges form group to address lack of diversity in the courtroom (Spectrum)

Ohio Black Judges Association Holds Inaugural Meeting – CMBA News and Information

March 2021

Ohio’s Black judges create association to address diversity issues in state’s court system (News 5)

February 2020

Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton discusses being the first African American male Judge elected in Summit County in 30 years (