Judge W. Moná Scott made history on November 5, 2019, when she was elected Judge of Cleveland Municipal Housing Court. Scott became the first African-American and the first woman elected to serve a full term as Housing Court Judge.
Scott, the daughter of two wonderful, hard-working parents, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Judge Scott is a first-generation college graduate, first in her family to achieve a doctorate degree, and the first Scott to be elected to public office. Judge Scott reveals that “her parents sacrificed much throughout her life and that her historic achievements are attributed to their compelling and impressive dedication.” Living in low-income housing allowed Scott to see the disparities in how residents were treated based purely on their economic status. Those experiences shaped her views on various socio-economic and legal issues and led her to devote her life to public service. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminology at Florida State University, Scott went on to enroll at The Cleveland Marshall College of Law. While there, she participated in various activities and was instrumental in providing leadership to the Black Law Students Association before earning a Juris Doctorate.
With nearly 20 years of experience, Judge Scott’s diverse legal career includes civil litigation, family law, criminal prosecution, and work as a defense attorney. Her unique blend of legal talents was showcased as an Assistant Prosecutor with the City of Cleveland, as well as, a Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. During her tenure with Cuyahoga County, she practiced in a variety of settings including the general felony unit, the juvenile justice unit, and the foreclosure division. Her tenacity and dedication to her constituents also garnered an exciting opportunity to serve as the Fair Housing Administrator for the City of Cleveland. As evidence of her commitment to public service and socioeconomic disparities, Judge Scott served on several boards and is a member of several professional and community organizations.