Meet Cleveland Municipal Court's Newest Judges

The Honorable Michael L. Nelson, Sr.

On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Michael L. Nelson, Sr. was sworn in as Judge on Judge Nelsonthe Cleveland Municipal Court. Judge Nelson has served as the President of the Central State University National Alumni Association, as the founding President of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. and as President of the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Judge Nelson's honors include the Thurgood Marshall Fund Alumnus of the Year, the Central State University Alumnus of the Year and induction into the Central State University Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame. Judge Nelson is the proud father of four children: Michael Jr., Nichole, Ebony and Rayne and he has four grandsons, two granddaughters and a great grandson. Click here to learn more about the Honorable Michael L. Nelson, Sr.

The Honorable Ann Clare Oakar

On Friday, December 7, 2017, Ann Clare Oakar was sworn in as Judge on the Judge OakarCleveland Municipal Court.  Judge Oakar is a 2001 graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Law. Her legal career began in law school working in the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. In addition to working in private practice, she served as the Assistant Prosecutor and Law Director for the City of Broadview Heights and as Law Director and Prosecutor for the Village of Bentleyville. In 2011, she was appointed as a Magistrate in the Parma Municipal Court.

After spending several years living downtown in the Edgewater neighborhood, Judge Oakar now calls Westpark her home where she and her husband are raising three children. Click here to learn more about the Honorable Ann Clare Oakar.

The Honorable Jazmin Torres-Lugo

On Friday, December 29, 2017, Jazmin Torres-Lugo was sworn in as Judge on the Judge Torres-LugoCleveland Municipal Court to a six year term that began on January 2, 2018.  Judge Torres-Lugo is a living example of fulfilling the American Dream. In 1990, the Torres-Lugo family came to Cleveland and after better learning the English language, she passed the Ohio bar.  She immediately began working at the Spanish American Committee (SAC), a social services non-profit organization, as the Housing Program Coordinator which included legal representation regarding the Landlord/Tenant Law.  In 1998, she joined forces with Housing Advocates Inc. to initiate a discrimination study against Hispanics in the rental, lending and insurance industries.

In the fall of l999, Judge Torres-Lugo opened her own law firm, specializing in civil, criminal, juvenile, domestic relations and immigration cases. Today, as a Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, she is making history as the first elected Hispanic female to hold a judicial seat in the state of Ohio.  Click here to learn more about the Honorable Jazmin Torres-Lugo.

The Honorable Shiela Turner McCall

Judge Turner McCall’s first day at the court was Thursday, January 4 after being Judge Turner McCallsworn into office on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Cleveland City Council Chambers. She took over the seat occupied  for the last 36 years by the Honorable Ronald B. Adrine.  Judge Turner McCall previously served as a magistrate in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and also as Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. 

Throughout her career, Judge Turner McCall has demonstrated an awareness of the dilemmas that low-income defendants face getting to court while striving to hold down precarious jobs. “And I will do my best to make municipal court work better “for every citizen in Cleveland,” she said. In addition to raising her now teenage son, Judge Turner McCall enjoys rollerblading, bicycling and going to movies. Click here to learn more about the Honorable Shiela Turner McCall.


Ed Ferenc / CMC Public Information Officer
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