Hamilton County, OH November 3, 1998 General
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Full Biography for Thomas R. Lipps

Candidate for
Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile


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6470 Rapid Run Road

Cincinnati, OH 45233(513) 941-5710

Member of Ohio, Kentucky, and Federal Bar


Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Juris Doctor, May 1981, Class Rank: #1
Rebecca Bloom Bettman and John G. Carlisle Memorial Fund Monetary Award, Highest cumulative average 1979-80; 1980-81.
West Hornbrook Award, highest cumulative average 1979-80; 1980-1981
Order of the Curia
Chase Achievement Scholarship, 1980
Common Law Award, Taxation Section, 1980
Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1979-80; 1980-81
Maurice William Myers Fund Award, 1980-81
American Jurisprudence Award for receiving highest grade in the following classes:

Constitutional Law 1978, Commercial Paper 1980, Decedents Estates and Trusts II 1980, Family Law, 1981.


University of Cincinnati, College of Arts and Science
Bachelor of Arts, August 1972
Major in History with course work in Psychology and Political Science


Elder High School: Honor Graduate, June 1968



Judge: 1998 present
Preside over cases as one of two Judges specifically assigned to the Juvenile Division of the Court of Common Pleas. Rule on issues concerning juvenile delinquency, transfer of jurisdiction, child abuse, child neglect, paternity, child support, child endangerment, child medical emergencies and others. Appointed by Governor George V. Voinovich, 6-1-98.

Court Administrator/Chief Magistrate: 1984- 1998
Responsible for 500 employees and multi-million dollar budget. Duties include formulating policy, planning and administering the Court Clerk's Office, Probation Department, Counseling Units, Work Detail, Detention Center and two large treatment facilities. Preside as Chief Magistrate over the most difficult and sensitive hearings. This is the highest position within the Court, reporting only to the Juvenile Court Judges.

Chief Referee: 1983 1988
Chief legal counsel and advisor to the Juvenile Court. Directly responsible for the supervision of 23 Court referees, overseeing all judicial decisions; member of the Executive Committee directing the Court.

Referee: 1982-1983
Presided over trials in delinquency, unruly, paternity, child abuse, child neglect, and dependency cases. Ruled on points of evidence and law. Responsible for decisions in adjudication, sentencing and dispositional orders.

Stay Center Coordinator: 1979- 1982
Held this position as the Juvenile Court liaison to the Stay Centers (four homes for youth as an alternative to detention.) Duties included deciding which children may enter the center, supervising the placement, coordinating Court, Stay Center, Welfare and agency participation in placement of those children.

Probation Supervisor: 1978- 1979
Responsible for direct management of probation officers, overseeing casework and focus, motivation of staff.

Probation Officer: 1974- 1978
Duties included monitoring probationers' behavior, counseling both children and their parents, referring to appropriate agencies, making dispositional investigations and recommendations to the Court, representing the Court within the community and the schools, facilitating placement, and carrying out other orders of the Court.

Other Juvenile Court Experience
Referee in unofficial community court. Past assignments in Clerk's Office, detention, and work program. Detailed knowledge of various treatment modalities and Juvenile Court structure. Rated excellent on all performance appraisals. Juvenile Court Outstanding Achievement Award, 1980.


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Ohio State Bar Association; Kentucky Commonwealth Bar Association; Cincinnati Bar Association; Northern Kentucky Alumni Association; Ohio Urban Juvenile Court Administrators Association; Board of Directors Citizens Committee on Youth; Juvenile Court Advisory Council; Board of Directors Oak Hills Boys Basketball Association; Select Basketball Coach; AAU Basketball Coach; Member National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Ohio Magistrate's Association; Ohio Information Task Force Hamilton County Representative to Governor's Juvenile Crime Summit; Committee Chairperson 1998 Bench Bar Session; Hamilton County Corrections Committee; Founding Member Child Fatality Review Team; Founding Member Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center Committee; Family and Children First Council.

ORGANIZATIONS Past Involvement

Board of Education Steering Committee; Board of Directors One Plus Big Brothers; Chairman of Youth and Community Services Committee; American Red Cross, Member Long Range Planning Committee; Member American Society of Public Administrators; President Oak Hills Junior Girls Basketball League; Certified Police Instructor; Youth Coach soccer, basketball and baseball, girls and boys, ages 6-19; Mayor's Task Force on Juvenile Crime.


Date of Birth: May 26, 1950
Married twenty-four years: Wife Jane
Four Children: Angela, 22; Lauren, 20; Christopher, 15; Daniel, 10


Honorable Judge David E. Grossmann
800 Broadway, 14th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1332

Honorable Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon
800 Broadway, 12th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1332

Honorable Judge John P. O'Connor
Hamilton County Court House, Room 566
1000 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Professor Roger Billings
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
1401 Dixie Highway
Covington, Kentucky 41011

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