Judge Raymond L. Pianka Courtroom: 13-B
Bailiff: Eric L. Foster
Phone: (216) 664-4988
Fax: (216) 664-6103
In memoriam: the Honorable Raymond L. Pianka passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the age of 65. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11th at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 6928 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102. Click here to view coverage of Judge Pianka's passing on cleveland.com.
Judge Pianka was elected in 1995 to serve in the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court.
When he ran for reelection in 2007 he was unopposed and was the only judicial candidate to receive the rating of excellent by all local bar associations.
Since the Housing Court’s inception in 1980 he is the sixth judge to hold this position.
Judge Pianka began his civic career while an undergraduate student at Cleveland State University. In the early 1970’s he was one of the founders of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization located in the neighborhood where he has lived his entire life. He served as the organization’s first executive director while attending Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
As the executive director he worked to increase citizen participation, initiated neighborhood and economic development projects and was actively involved in saving the Gordon Square Arcade from demolition. Today the Gordon Square Arcade serves as the beacon for the thriving Gordon Square Arts District.
In 1985 he was elected to serve as the councilman for Ward 17 and served in Cleveland City Council for ten years. While in city council he served as chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee. As the Judge of the Housing Court he has implemented numerous innovative programs to obtain compliance with the City of Cleveland’s building, housing, and health codes.
He has been the recipient of many civic, professional and community awards for his dedication and efforts on behalf of the City of Cleveland. Judge Pianka has been recognized in many local and national publications. Additionally he has been interviewed by national and international news sources regarding the foreclosure crisis and other housing related topics. He has presented information at national conferences and has provided testimony for a congressional hearing.
Judge Pianka through his hard work, court initiatives, persistence is committed to improving the quality of life in Cleveland’s neighborhood.