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Ohio State Government November 7, 2000 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Timothy S. Black

Candidate for
Judge; Supreme Court; 6 Year Term Starting 1/1/01

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THE TIM BLACK FOR JUSTICE COMMITTEE 1209 SYCAMORE STREET CINCINNATI, OH 45210 (513) 784-1256; (513) 784-0627 (FAX) Tim@Black.org. (E-mail)


Tim Black is a top-rated, experienced judge running for the Ohio Supreme Court. He is the endorsed candidate for the Supreme Court by the Ohio Democratic Party.

Judge Black is a highly respected Cincinnati municipal court judge. Per Cincinnati Magazine, "Termed by various lawyers both the 'best,' and 'brightest,' Judge Black is praised for being patient, considerate, compassionate and 'knowledgeable in a scholarly way.' An attorney who represented the opposing side on a highly emotional issue in the days before Black went on the bench, praises his dignity and class. 'You know you'll get a fair shake,' says another. He doesn't give either side a leg up." Judge Black was the highest rated judge on the 1999 ballot in Hamilton County by the Cincinnati Bar Association's annual survey of attorneys. Judge Black will bring to the Ohio Supreme Court a practical perspective rooted in fundamental fairness drawn from his experience as a tested trial judge and his application of the laws of our State to real people every day in his courtroom.

Judge Black is also recognized as a statewide judicial leader on family violence issues. Judge Black leads the effort to improve the judicial system to better protect victims of domestic violence and provide families with the support they need in such a traumatic time. He understands that domestic violence is a root cause of other violence in our communities, with children being its most vulnerable victims. Judge Black started the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to increase communication, coordination and uniformity within the criminal justice system and the community so as to reduce the occurrences of domestic violence. Judge Black also trains police officers and other judges throughout Ohio on the law concerning domestic violence and has received the Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic Violence's highest award for his efforts on this issue.

As a father of two, a former teacher, and a youth sports coach, Judge Black has been involved in children's issues his entire adult life, with a record of over 20 years of community service. He has served as vice president of ProKids, an organization which represents abused and neglected children through the court system, a task force member for Adoptive Parents Support Organization, a support group for adoptive families, president of Invest in Neighborhoods, an organization of city neighborhood councils which promotes economic development in blighted areas, and treasurer, Summerbridge Cincinnati, a summer school program for elementary school students.

Judge Black received his A. B. from Harvard University in 1975 and obtained his law degree from Chase College of Law in 1983 while working full-time as a teacher. Prior to serving his community as a judge, Black was a trial attorney for ten years with a prestigious Cincinnati law firm. Judge Black is forty-six and married to Marnie Chapman Black (for 23 years). He and Marnie have two daughters ages 9 and 14 and live in Cincinnati, Ohio. ###

Visit our Web site at http://www.tim.black.org Paid for by The Tim Black for Justice Committee, 1209 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45210; (513) 784-1256, (513) 784-0627 (fax); e-mail: tim@black.org; Tim Black, Candidate. JUDGE TIM BLACK


Harvard University A.B. 1975

Honors graduate (cum laude) in English and American Literature; Co-Captain, Varsity Sailing Team (National Champions, 1974-75).

Northern Kentucky University J.D. 1983 Chase College of Law

Chief Justice, Moot Court Board; Editorial Board, Law Review. Attended evening classes while teaching school during the days.


Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge 1994-Present

Judge of criminal misdemeanors (in Ohio's highest volume criminal court) and civil litigation of $15,000 or less; member, Municipal Court Civil Litigation Committee; Municipal Court Liaison to Women Helping Women.

Graydon, Head & Ritchey Attorney at Law 1982-1993 Partner 1990-1993

Experienced Trial Attorney with the Litigation Department; extensive trial practice in Ohio and Kentucky including complex cases in the areas of fraud and racketeering.

The Seven Hills Schools Teacher 1978-1982

English teacher and varsity soccer coach; head of fundraising and public relations.

The Roxbury Latin School Teacher 1975-1977

English teacher and director of development.



Ohio Official Reports Decisions 1994-present

Various published court decisions and judicial opinions; most prolific Municipal Court author.


Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic Violence Award 1995

Award for excellence in criminal justice.


Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline Member 1998-1999

Appointed by the Supreme Court to its thirty member state-wide Board responsible for investigation, adjudication and recommended sentencing as to all grievances brought against Ohio lawyers and judges; one of seven state judges on the Board.

Cincinnati Bar Association Trustee 1996-2000

The professional association of Greater Cincinnati's attorneys.

Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Lead Convener 1995-present

New consortium of leaders convened to reduce family violence by coordinating efforts.

Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute Trustee 1995-present

Educational facilities for the teaching and application of psychoanalytic knowledge. JUDGE TIM BLACK


Summerbridge Cincinnati, Inc. Treasurer 1992-1994 Charter Trustee 1992-1994

New summer school program to help students at risk in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Adoptive Parents Support Organization Task Force Member 1991-1993

Development of funding for Family Preservation Curriculum for adoptive parents & children.

Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc. President 1988-1993 Trustee 1982-1993

Consortium of the 51 neighborhood community councils within the City of Cincinnati; extensive grant writing experience.

Pro-Kids, Inc. Vice President 1984-1986 Trustee 1982-1988

Advocates for abused and neglected children in the custody of the courts.


Judicial College of the Ohio Supreme Court Faculty 1997-present

One of 40 state judges trained by the Ohio Supreme Court to teach judges; current courses include: "Domestic Violence in Civil and Criminal Cases" and "DUI Evidence."

Cincinnati Police Officers Training Academy Trainer 1995-present

Training of police officer recruits in domestic violence law.

Hamilton County Police Association Trainer 1995-present

Training of police officers in the law of domestic violence.



Ohio Attorney General Law Enforcement Conference Trainer 1995

Training in Ohio law re: menacing by stalking.

Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Presenter 1996

Presenter on treatment in lieu of incarceration.

Ohio Association of Pre-Trial Services Presenter 1996

Training in lethality review of defendants.


Age 46; married to Marnie Chapman Black (for 23 years); two daughters (ages 10 and 14). Coach of daughters' soccer, basketball and softball teams.

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