Judge Fanon A. Rucker
Judge Fanon A. Rucker was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He graduated from Hampton University in 1993 with a degree in Psychology and received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1996.
As a lawyer, Rucker frequently appeared on local and national television coupled with radio talk shows discussing high profile cases. Rucker represented clients in State and Federal Court at both the trial and appellate levels in civil and criminal cases.
Rucker has served as a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge since 2007. At the time of his appointment, he was 35 years old and the youngest jurist on the bench in Ohio. Rucker serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and taught a law history class at the undergraduate and graduate level for several years.
Rucker is currently an elected Trustee of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio (AMCJO) and is an appointed member of two Supreme Court Commissions. Rucker is an active, regular public speaker at Legal, Community, Charitable and Student oriented events.
Rucker served in leadership positions on numerous nonprofit boards and organizations, to name a few: trustee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, president of the Black Lawyers’ Association of Cincinnati, and as a board member of the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund, the Young Father’s Program, Boys Hope Girl Hope, the Children’s Law Center and Elementz Youth Center.
An active and faithful Christian, Rucker is a member and Steward of Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church where he has been in worship since 1999. Rucker is also active in the Masonic Order, having served twice as head of his Lodge, Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge of Ohio, Worthy Patron of Pride of the Valley Chapter #71 and a member of the United Supreme Council.
In his “spare” time, the judge enjoys mentoring, public speaking, writing and delivering spoken word (poetry) at local events, studying and fishing. His father, Robert D. Rucker, Jr., is a justice on the Supreme Court of Indiana. His mother, Jacqueline Pace Rucker is a lawyer and the director of a faith-based social services agency. Rucker is married to Shawntay Rucker and is the father of three children, two daughters and a son.