Governor John R. Kasich appoints two Black women to serve as judges

Stephanie Mingo Miles of New Albany (Franklin Co.) was appointed to serve as a judge on the Franklin County Municipal Court, Environmental Division. 

Miles will assume office on January 10, 2019, and must run in the November 2019 election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term ending January 7, 2022. Miles is replacing Judge Daniel R. Hawkins who has been elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division.

Miles received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University Law School. She is currently the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. Miles was previously a Compliance Specialist for InHealth Mutual and Assistant Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office. Prior experience includes private practice in which she worked with juvenile and domestic relations cases. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association as well as the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Wanda C. Jones of Solon (Cuyahoga Co) was appointed to serve as a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Jones will assume office on January 7, 2019, and must run in the November 2020 election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term ending January 2, 2023. Jones is replacing Judge Michael P. Donnelly who has been elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Wanda C. Jones

Jones received her bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and law degree from Cleveland State University. She is currently a Partner at Axner & Jones LLP. Jones’ previous experience includes a judicial externship on the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court, private practice, and loss mitigation and credit analysis for Bank of America. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. In addition, Jones is the Program Director for the Solon Alliance of Black Families, a Legislative Chairperson on the Solon City Schools PTA, and a volunteer on the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County – Program Operations Board.

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