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Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
800 Broadway, 12th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1332
(513) 946-9216 fax
Judge Tracie M. Hunter received her B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1988; and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1992. At Miami, she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
Judge Hunter was elected in November, 2010 as the first African-American Judge of Hamilton County Juvenile Court, with a term beginning January, 2011. However, she was not sworn in as Judge until May 25, 2012, after suing the Hamilton County Board of Elections for voter suppression in the U.S. District Court. Her landmark case, Hunter v. Hamilton County Board of Elections, later upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, paved the way for all Ohio voters to have their provisional ballots counted when rejected due to poll-worker error.
Judge Hunter has practiced law for 19 years. A firm believer that all people should be afforded quality legal representation, throughout her career, she routinely provided pro bono services to clients who could not afford legal counsel. During law school, she volunteered on the Tenant Information Project, providing free legal advice to tenants; and argued her first case while a law student completing an Externship with the City Prosecutor’s Office. Committed to public service, she served as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children with Pro Kids; represented indigent adults as a contracted Attorney for the Public Defender's Office; and provided private legal counsel on probate, real estate, personal injury and civil rights cases. She worked in several halfway houses for juvenile offenders; and worked for LexisNexis, providing legal research assistance to Attorneys. Prior to opening her private law practice in 1994, Judge Hunter worked for a criminal defense firm; and Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley, LPA.
Judge Hunter is professionally diverse. As a broadcast journalist, she operated and pioneered the oldest urban Gospel radio station in Cincinnati, WCVG. She employed, trained and mentored many individuals for careers in broadcast. She produced the first weekly urban teen talk show in Cincinnati and trained juveniles to host a radio program addressing critical issues impacting youth, such as violence, suicide and education. She hosted a popular daily radio talk show and hosts In Focus TV program on Citi-cable. An award-winning writer, she has authored numerous columns and articles for print publications, including the Cincinnati Post.
Judge Hunter is the Pastor of the Western Hills Brethren In Christ Church. She is the first female and African-American Pastor of the Cincinnati congregation; and the first African-American Senior Pastor in the worldwide Brethren in Christ organization.
Judge Hunter organized nearly 200 prayer walks in Cincinnati’s toughest neighborhoods to combat crime; and taught over 100 churches how to organize prayer walking missions in urban communities. Guidepost Magazine documented that in April 2002, a prayer walk she coordinated with over 1000 people prevented a violent uprising during civil unrest in Cincinnati. Judge Hunter’s ministry has been serving meals weekly to Cincinnati’s homeless since 2006.
Judge Hunter is a sought after inspirational speaker. She has provided the keynote address for innumerable corporations, organizations and churches. She has received countless awards, honor and recognition for her leadership, advocacy and service to the community.
Judge Hunter serves(d) on the Boards of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; Phoenix Advisory Board; the Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program; Job Corp; and the Melrose YMCA. She served on an ad hoc advisory team to the former managing editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer; graduated in the first class of the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Leadership Development program in Washington, DC; is an alumnus of Urban League’s African-American Leadership Development Program and Inroads Cincinnati.
Judge Hunter is a member of the: Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Ohio Judicial Conference; National Association of Women Judges; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Ohio CASA; Black Lawyer’s Association of Cincinnati; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Judge Hunter is regularly included in Who’s Who of Black Cincinnati.
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