Barberton municipal court Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger will be moving over to Summit County Common Pleas Court in April, filling the vacancy left as Judge Tom Teodosio now serves on the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals.

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(Governor's Office) Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Jill Flagg Lanzinger of Barberton (Summit Co.) to serve as a judge on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Lanzinger will assume office on April 3, 2017. She must run in November 2018 to retain the seat for the full term commencing May 17, 2019. Lanzinger is replacing Judge Thomas A. Teodosio who has been elected to Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals.

Lanzinger received her bachelor's degree from Heidelberg University and her law degree from University of Akron. She currently serves as a municipal judge presiding over the Barberton Municipal Drug Court. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the City of Green Opiate Task Force and a board member of the Portage Lakes Advisory Council.

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Monday, 24 October 2016 09:30

Akron Bar Ranks Judicial Candidates

Four judges on the ballot winning "excellent" ratings from the Akron Bar Association ahead of the election in two weeks. Tom Teodosio, Lynne Callahan, Donna Carr and Todd McKenney recognized based on seven criteria including integrity, knowledge of the law, experience and judicial temperment. The other candidates on the ballot seeking office in the Ninth District Court of Appeals, Domestic Relations and Common Pleas court also received "good" or "adequate" listings.

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(Akron Bar Association) The Akron Bar Association Commission on Judicial Candidates has been established by the Akron Bar Association to evaluate candidates for local judgeships. The Commission rates the candidates "Excellent," "Good," "Adequate," or "Not Acceptable." Ratings are based on seven criteria: integrity, legal knowledge and ability, professional experience, judicial temperament, diligence, personal responsibility and public and community service.

The Akron Bar Association has created a website to not only promote the Commission's ratings, but to serve as a central source of information about the local judicial candidates appearing on the November ballot. In addition to the ratings, links to the candidates' websites and social media pages can easily be found. All ratings require a majority vote of the Commission; a rating of "Excellent" requires two thirds supermajority of the Commission. The ratings are not intended to be a comparison or endorsement of candidates, but only represent the Commission's evaluation of each individual candidate's qualifications for the specific office sought.

A rating of "Adequate" requires a vote of a majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated "Adequate," a second ballot is taken to determine if the rating "Good" will be awarded, also requiring a vote of the majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated "Good," a third ballot is taken to determine if the rating "Excellent" will be awarded. The "Excellent" rating requires the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the Commission members present. The Commission is comprised of 28 experienced members of the Akron Bar Association selected by its Common Pleas, Municipal & Appellate Courts Committee, Family Law Section, Probate Law Section, the co-chairs of the Commission and the Bar President. No more than 50% of the Commission may be from any one political party. All candidates complete a questionnaire containing extensive biographical data and submit relevant materials, including writing samples. References for the candidates are interviewed and intensive interviews of the candidates are conducted.

This year, the Commission evaluated the judicial candidates running in the election scheduled for November 8, 2016. The ratings are as follows: Candidate ABA Commission Rating

9th District Court of Appeals:

Term Beginning 2/9/17 Diana M. Stevenson ADEQUATE Thomas A. Teodosio EXCELLENT

9th District Court of Appeals:

Term Beginning 2/11/17 Lynne S. Callahan EXCELLENT

9th District Court of Appeals:

Term Beginning 2/10/17 Donna J. Carr EXCELLENT

Court of Common Pleas - Domestic Relations Division

Begin 1/6/17 Ron Cable GOOD Katarina Cook GOOD

Court of Common Pleas - General Division

Begin 1/3/17 Joy Malek Oldfield GOOD Scot Stevenson GOOD

Court of Common Pleas - General Division

Begin 1/5/17 Alison Breaux ADEQUATE Todd McKenney EXCELLENT

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