Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Annette Butler appointed Common Pleas judge

Annette G. Butler will become the newest judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench when she takes office on Dec. 12 after her appointment today by Gov. John R. Kasich.

Butler replaces former Judge Timothy McGinty, who resigned on Oct. 31. In order to serve out the remainder of McGinty’s term, which ends Jan. 1, 2017, Butler must run in the November 2012 general election.

She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Case Western Reserve University and earned her juris doctorate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. For nearly 25 years, Butler served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for Civil Trials and Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio. She has additional legal practice experience in both the public and private sector, and has taught numerous courses at the Academy of Court Reporting & Technology and the Justice Department National Advocacy Center. 

Butler is the past president and current board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter. Butler continues to serve on several boards of trustees, including that of the Cleveland State University Development Foundation, and has been recognized by various groups for her service within her profession and community.

McGinty resigned to run for Cuyahoga County prosecutor next year. Ironically, Butler ran for county prosecutor against incumbent Bill Mason in 2009; she lost decisively.

Until her appointment Butler was serving as a member of the reconstituted Cuyahoga County Board of Revision.

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