In The Spotlight...
THIS MONTH ON "LAW TALK":
Judge Lynne S. Callahan, Ninth District Court of Appeals
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In The Spotlight with: The Honorable Lynne S. Callahan, Judge Ninth District Court of Appeals
By Kate Feeks
By Kate Feeks
Judge Lynne Callahan, will be on the show Law Talk with host John Celebrezze to discuss her recent position as Judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals. This show will run throughout the month of January on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public access Chanel 21, and Armstrong Cable Access Channel 37 in Medina County along with Clear Picture Channels 21 & 22 in Wooster and Massillon.
Judge Lynne Callahan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron in 1979. In 1984, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Akron School of Law and was thereafter admitted to the Ohio Bar.
After law school, Judge Callahan chose a unique career path and joined the Akron Police Department. In 1989, she joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Judge Callahan was instrumental in the creation of the Akron Municipal Court’s Family Violence Court and presided over the Court from April 1998 until she began her service on the Common Pleas Court in 2009.
The Family Violence Court received the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director’s Award for Excellence in Community Justice and the American Corrections Association National Exemplary Offender Award. “During the time I was there, the Family Violence Court was the first and the only Domestic Violence Diversion Court. It targeted first time offenders. The victim had to agree and it was a one-year programing that had a caseworker, probation officer attached to it for a 26-week intervention. The goal was to make sure there was employment, drug testing etc… some had all of the components because at the end of the program, if the person was successful the charge was dismissed” Callahan explains.
As a judge on the 9th District Court, Judge Callahan handles all kinds of cases. They range from four counties of cases that get appealed whether they are Muni Court decisions, criminal, civil, domestic, probate, and juvenile. Anything these courts handle will filter up to the district court for appeal. “We handle absolutely everything. You name it. It’s a big case for whoever is involved,” notes Callahan.
For the past 12 years, Judge Callahan has been serving voluntarily as mock trial coach for middle school and high school teams. A mock trial is an act or imitation trial. They simulate lower-court trials. Mock trials take place on all levels including primary school, middle school, high school, college and law school. “I started coaching middle school mock trials with who is now our Domestic Relations Court Judge in Summit County, Judge Katarina Cook. I coached through the Ohio Center For Law Related Education at St. Hillary. After coaching there I went to St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and started up a team with my judicial attorney. We would practice two nights a week and on Saturday at the courthouse. By the second year, we went to State! I always told the students, it’s not about being a lawyer, this experience can help them think quick on their feet or build self confidence in life, so many tools can be learned here no matter what career choice they decide, Callahan explains”.
To learn more about the 9th District Court of Appeals watch for the interview with Judge Lynne S. Callahan and Mr. Celebrezze throughout the month of January on Law Talk.
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