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Anthony Donofrio (Democrat)

Running for7th District Court of Appeals Judge (Term begins 02/09/2015)
ResidenceYoungstown, OH
EducationThe University of Akron School of Law - Juris Doctor May, 1990 St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center School of Cytotechnology - Diploma July, 1985 The Ohio State University - Bachelor of Science August, 1981 Youngstown State University - Undergraduate studies September, 1977 to June,1978 Ursuline High School - Diploma June, 1977
EmployerCity of Youngstown, 26 S. Phelps Street, 4th Floor, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Deputy Law Director September 2011-present

Conducts the duties of the Director of Law in his absence. Responsible for professional legal and administrative work in performing legal services for the City. Assists the Director of Law in planning and implementing the legal program for the City. Provides sound and efficient legal advice and services to the Mayor of the City of Youngstown and all City departments, governing bodies and other officials of the City of Youngstown. Assists in planning, organizing and directing the programs and activities of the Law Department and supervising lawyers, professional and clerical employees engaged in legal activities. Supervises and participates in the drafting of ordinances, legal opinions, policy, contracts and other legal documents. Prepares civil cases for trial and provides litigation services for the City departments. Engages in the prosecution of criminal cases when needed.
FamilySpouse: Cheri Lyn Donofrio (Maiden name-Hunt)
Daughter: Carmella Marie Donofrio born July 20, 2000 (13 years old)
Son: Joseph David Donofrio born September 19, 2002 (11 years old)
Family in office?Father: Joseph Donofrio-retired 7th District Court of Appeals

Brother: Gene Donofrio-7th District Court of Appeals
Websitehttp://www.donofrioforjudge.com/
Reasons for runningMy family has a long history of commitment to public service and have developed a reputation in the community for honesty, integrity and fair dealing. I share my family's passion for public service and wish to carry on this tradition of public service. I have observed the good that my father has done for the community and have always aspired to emulate him. Since I was in law school, it has always been a goal of mine to become a judge and carry on the legacy of my father.
PrioritiesI will work tirelessly and efficiently to insure that the Court's docket is current and up to date. In deciding matters that come before the Court, I will adhere to my core values and maintain integrity, independence and impartiality. I will maintain the highest standards of ethics and would treat all persons equally and fairly regardless of race, class or status. I will not let personal opinions interfere with decision making. I will maintain a sense of humility and will not let the position change my character or sense of self, and will serve in the respectful manner that the Court deserves.
QualificationsMy extensive and varied experience in the practice of law would bring a very diverse perspective to the bench. During my almost twenty-three years as a lawyer, I have had the opportunity to practice in many different fields of law. I have the perspective of practicing in both the public and private sectors. My legal experience includes extensive trial experience, including many criminal and civil jury trials, representation of private clients as well as county and city officials, prosecution and defense of serious criminal offenses and the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in complicated civil litigation. As in-house counsel I was involved in national business operations with a company that far exceeded annual gross income of one hundred million dollars. My corporate legal duties included assuming the functions of Human Resources Director and managing approximately four hundred employees year round and twenty five hundred seasonally. My business experience will aid in successfully managing staff and court personnel as well as preparation and management of the Court's fiscal matters and budget. I have managed complex litigation with some of the top law firms in the country. My career has been multi-faceted and I have experience in and have practiced in almost all areas of law. I've practiced extensively in the Municipal, County and Common please Courts, as well as the Court of Appeals and have managed litigation all the way to the Supreme Court of Ohio. All courts as well as administrative proceedings that I have practiced in all eventually make their way to the Court of Appeals.
Positions on the issuesThe Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judicial candidates from stating an opinion or position on an issue. I would defer until the interview process and make a judgment at that time as to the propriety of a response.


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