Judge Pinkey S. Carr Courtroom: 12-C
Bailiff: David Morrow
Phone: (216) 664-4991
Fax: (216) 664-4949
After a long career in public service, Attorney Pinkey Carr continues her service to our community as Judge Pinkey Carr, after being elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench on November 8, 2011. She officially joined the court when her term began on January 3, 2012.
The new judge is a Cleveland native, having grown up in the Harvard-Miles neighborhood as the youngest of four siblings. She attended and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and Baldwin-Wallace College, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1987, with a double minor in business administration and communications.
Judge Carr earned her juris doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1992, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in May of 1993. During her 18-year legal career, she sought justice as a prosecuting attorney for the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County for 13 years. While employed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Carr spent seven of her nine years working in the elite Major Trial Unit.
In that capacity, she prosecuted murder and rape cases, including, but not limited to the Anthony Sowell serial murder case, which received international attention. She won a conviction in what is considered the highest-profile criminal case in Cuyahoga County’s history. Judge Carr was also deputized as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the federal prosecution of Anton Lewis, who was found guilty of igniting one of the deadliest fires in the history of Cleveland: the East 87th Street arson, which claimed the lives of nine victims.
Judge Carr also spent several years working in Cleveland City Hall during the mayoral reign of former Mayor Michael R. White. While working in the City of Cleveland’s Law Department, she held several supervisory positions, as Chief Assistant Director of Law for the Code Enforcement and Labor and Employment sections, Chief Counsel and Law Director from 1998 until 2002.
Judge Carr is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The Norman S. Minor Bar Association, an executive board member of the NAACP Cleveland Chapter and a past board member of the Cleveland Treatment Center. Her honors include being chosen Cuyahoga County Prosecutor of the Year in 2009 and as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People in 2010.
In endorsing her for her new job on the bench, the Plain Dealer wrote: “Carr brings an infectious energy that tilts the decision in her favor. On a court known for innovation, (her) work ethic and strong personality would be an excellent fit."