Melody J. Stewart

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Melody J. Stewart
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 2, 2019
Preceded byMary DeGenaro
Judge of the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals
In office
2006 – January 2, 2019
Personal details
Born (1965-10-02) October 2, 1965 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
EducationUniversity of Cincinnati (B.A.)
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D.)
Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D.)

Melody J. Stewart (born October 2, 1965)[1] is a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. She formerly served as a Judge on the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals.


Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; her Juris Doctor as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; and her Doctor of Philosophy as a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.[2]

State judicial career[edit]

She was first elected to the Ohio District Court of Appeals in 2006 and twice re-elected.[2]

Ohio Supreme Court[edit]

On November 8, 2018, Stewart faced incumbent Mary DeGenaro in the general election for a seat on the Supreme Court. She won the seat 52.5% to 47.5%. She is the first African-American woman Democrat elected to the Supreme Court.[3]


She worked as a lecturer, an adjunct instructor, and an assistant dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before joining the faculty. Her primary teaching areas were ethics and professional responsibility, criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal research, writing, and advocacy. Additionally, she taught at the University of Toledo College of Law, at Ursuline College, and was Director of Student Services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.[2]


  1. ^ "Melody J Stewart". Ohio Resident Directory. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c "Court of Appeals: Melody J. Stewart". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  3. ^ "A real change on the high court". Morning Journal. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2018-12-28.

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Preceded by
Mary DeGenaro
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court