I was elected in November 2012 and was seated on January 1, 2013 as a Judge in Juvenile Court. My term ended on December 31, 2018.
I am a lifelong resident of the Cuyahoga County area, growing up in Maple Heights until the age of 12, and moved to Lyndhurst. I attended public school, graduating from Brush High School in 1975. I have a daughter and understand the difficulty of raising a child as a single parent. After Michelle graduated from college, I pursued a degree at Baldwin Wallace University and earned a degree in Human Services while working as a private investigator and a freelance designer in advertising. Previously, I was an Advertising Director at a financial institution for 12 years, and at the age of 40, began law school with the intention of practicing juvenile and family law.
I served on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Guardian ad Litem Advisory Board from 2004 to 2016 and was a member of the Steering Committee
forming a CASA program, both of which merged to form the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County. This organization protects the needs of children in
foster care, whose numbers are at an all-time high due to the drug epidemic. Most recently, I was nominated as a Board Member of the Ohio Association of
Juvenile Court Judges.
Since taking the bench, I have worked to implement various initiatives focusing on the needs of the community, strengthening families, and providing
services to the children of Cuyahoga County, such as Warrant Recall Fridays and CASA of Cuyahoga County.
Moreover, I have taken on additional duties as the jurist for the Teen Drug Court, Safe Harbor Docket and supervises the Magistrate for Reentry Court.
I have spent my entire legal career focusing on Family issues advocating for children and families of Cuyahoga County.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Judicial Award for Human Trafficking||Renee Jones Empowerment Center||2016|
|Unwavering Commitment||Buddy Krenzler Award||2016|
|Partner||Denise Rini LPA||2019 - Present|
|Jurist||Juvenile Court||2012 - 2018|
|Partner||Bartos & Rini LPA||2005 - 2011|
|Solo Practioner||Denise Rini||2002 - 2005|
|Investigator||MVFS||1999 - 2004|
|Advertising Director||Ohio Savings Bank||1987 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges (OAJCJ)||Executive Committee||2017 - 2018|
|CFACCC Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County||Advisory Member||2016 - 2018|
|Supreme Court of Ohio||Weighted Case Load Committee Member||2016 - 2017|
|Ohio Supreme Court||Rules and Procedure Committee||2014 - 2018|
|Ohio Association of Juvenile & Family Court Judges||Juvenile & Procedure Committee||2013 - 2018|
|National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)||Committee Member||2012 - 2018|
|Guardian ad Litem Project||Advisory Board Member||2007 - 2016|
|Providence House||Board Member||1999 - 2002|
|CMBA||Cleveland Metro Baar||2018|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Externship Appellate Court||2002|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Baldwin-Wallace College||Human Services||1998|
|Ohio Supreme Court||Certified Mediator||1995|
|Mandatory & Discretionary Transfer||Transfer of Jurisdiction||2017|
|Judicial Training||Serious Youthful Offender (SY0)||2016|
|Supreme Court of Ohio||New Judges Training||2014|
|Training New GALs||Guardian ad Litem||2010|
|Mediation Training for GALs||Investigations||2009|
|GAL Training||Investigations in Abuse, Neglect Cases||2008|
|From objections to final appeal||Client prevailed|
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