Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy
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Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy
Courtroom: 15-C
Bailiff:  Ebony F. Grantonz
Phone: (216) 664-4999 
Fax: (216) 664-6737

Marilyn B. Cassidy joined the Cleveland Municipal Court in January of 2007 after being appointed by Governor Robert Taft.   Judge Cassidy was elected to a full term commencing in 2008 and was re-elected in 2013.  She attended Syracuse University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. 

After working at the Cleveland Clinic and in public health nursing, she entered law school and graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Judge Cassidy is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, the U.S. District Court, Northern District, Eastern Division; U.S. District Court (Michigan), U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit.  She is a member of the American Judges Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio state Bar Association, as well as Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honorary.

During her 12 year term of service on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench, Judge Cassidy has devoted ten years to hearing a dedicated domestic violence docket which includes special prosecutors, dedicated detectives, and victim advocates.

Judge Cassidy also chairs the Cleveland Municipal Court’s Human Trafficking special docket which assists survivors of trafficking to recover by providing trauma counseling, housing, addiction recovery services and other support services  Her leadership in addressing human trafficking has been recognized by  the Renee Jones Empowerment Center (Judicial Award) and Save our Adolescents from Prostitution (Liberator Award).   To date, the program has identified  143 victims of human trafficking; 7 babies have been born substance free, 61 people have been admitted to the program with 24 actively participating.  Fourteen women have successfully completed the two year program with another three scheduled to finish this June. Judge Cassidy has authored one article about human trafficking and has presented locally and nationally on the subject. 

Before her elevation to the bench, Judge Cassidy worked as an Assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor handling civil litigation in state and federal courts and assisting in some white collar crime investigations and trials.  Judge Cassidy’s most notable civil case was the wrongful imprisonment of Sam Sheppard where she helped the state of Ohio achieve victory.  Judge Cassidy devoted much of her practice to elder protection and often collaborated with the criminal division to bring those who neglected, abused or exploited the elderly to justice.

Judge Cassidy is also the recipient of the Alvin I Krenzler Judicial Award for her unwavering commitment to the community and the Freedom Award from the American Nationalities Movement.   She enjoys traveling the world and has visited Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, France, England, Spain, Italy, and South Africa.

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