Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy


Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy
Courtroom: 13-A
Bailiff:  Ebony F. Grantonz
Phone: (216) 664-4999 
Fax: (216) 664-4949 


Marilyn B. Cassidy came to 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.  She comes to the court with a background in nursing and law. A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, 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 decided to enter law school and graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1982. 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 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio state Bar Association, as well as Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honorary.

After passing the bar, Judge Cassidy spent nine years practicing in the private sector, which included insurance and medical malpractice defense, personal injury, liability and matters of adoption. She was appointed by Governor George Voinovich to the Ohio Adoption Task Force and The Ohio Adoption Commission, where she implemented reforms that removed barriers for children in foster care waiting for permanent homes.

In 1992, Judge Cassidy joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, working civil litigation in federal and state courts.   Judge Cassidy’s most notable civil case was the wrongful imprisonment case brought against the State of Ohio by the Estate of Sam Sheppard. Together with Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones, she argued the Writ of Prohibition in the Ohio Supreme Court and was assigned to the trial team where she helped the State of Ohio achieve victory.

As an assistant county prosecutor, Judge Cassidy devoted much of her time to elder protection—investigating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly. She teamed with grand jury and criminal prosecutors to bring to justice individuals committing crimes against adults over age 60. Judge Cassidy and criminal prosecutors successfully prosecuted many offenders.  One of the exceptional victories was the conviction of a home health care worker who stole in excess of $250,000 from two elderly sisters. The aide was sentenced to six years in prison.   “My nursing background provides me a wealth of knowledge about the needs of older adults, and as a lawyer, I am committed to elevating our ability to meet the needs of these victims in the justice system.“

During her term of service on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench, Judge Cassidy is now in her second year of hearing a dedicated domestic violence docket which includes special prosecutors, dedicated detectives, and victim advocates.  Judge Cassidy has also collaborated with US Marshal Peter Elliot on two projects:  Fugitive Safe Surrender, a highly successful program that allows fugitives to voluntarily surrender in the safety of a church.  The Court is present on-site at the church to resolve cases where possible.  Alternatively, arrest warrants are waived and personal bonds given (where appropriate) so that individuals can come to court to resolve their issue.  Those who appear are given favorable consideration for turning themselves in.

Operation Second Chance, addressed minor’s curfew offender’s, and was  a collaborative program to identify youth in Cleveland’s Ward 4 who have potential learning disorders. The program screened the offending youth and provided follow up at the school, parenting workshops, and exposed youth to programs that are available at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Judge Cassidy is a mother to two adult children. She enjoys swimming, snow skiing, hiking, traveling and gardening. Judge Cassidy’s interests include judging mock trial events for both high school and law school students as well as speaking to community groups. The judge has traveled to Vietnam and will travel to Korea in October 2011 to participate in judging moot competition (in English) by law students from across the Asian Pacific region, as well as to serve in a humanitarian capacity in the country she visits.

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