Yvette McGee Brown (Democrat)

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ResidenceColumbus, OH
EducationColumbus City Schools (1978) Ohio University, BS Journalism/Public Relations (1982) The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (1985)
EmployerSupreme Court of Ohio
FamilyAnthony L. Brown
Belinda Stockton
Laura Waters-Brown
David A. Brown
Family in office?None
Reasons for runningIt's an honor to serve on the state's highest court. I enjoy the law and the intellectual challenge of the cases. I bring a unique background and experience to the court. I am the only justice with domestic relations and juvenile experience. And, the only justice to have run a business in the private sector and serve on corporate boards. I am the only Democrat on the 7 member court and the first African American woman to serve on the court. I believe balance and diversity on the court is important. As former chief justice Tom Moyer once said, the public's confidence is enhanced when there is political diversity on the court. Outside of hearing cases, I want to continue to work on behalf of children in the child welfare system and work with our juvenile courts to improve case flow and services for vulnerable families. I will also continue to be visible in schools across the state. As the child of a single parent, I think it's important to talk with young people and encourage them to set goals for the future.
Priorities I will continue my work to improve the educational outcomes for children in foster care. I currently chair a state wide task force with representatives from child welfare, the Ohio Dept. of Education, the Ohio Dept. of Jobs and Family Services, juvenile judges and magistrates, and legal aid. Nationally only 50% of foster care children graduate from high school and only 3% get a four year degree. Our task force is working to identify the educational success of Ohio's foster children and improve system responses to facilitate better outcomes for children.

I want to work with our juvenile courts and child welfare agencies to improve services for children. Children should not languish in foster care.

I will also continue to work on the Board of Law and Leadership to encourage economically disadvantaged children to consider a career in the law.
QualificationsI have been a lawyer for 27 years. I was a trial court judge for 9 years. I led the creation of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. A multi-disciplinary program for children who are sexually and seriously physically abused. As the president of the center I was responsible for child abuse, psychiatry, psychology, autism, developmental and behavioral pediatrics and community mental health. I had a budget of $30 million and 400 employees. I have demonstrated leadership in the central Ohio community, serving on non-profit and corporate boards, including as chair of the boards of United Way of Central Ohio, the YWCA Columbus and the OSU Alumni Association.

I have been highly recommended by the Ohio State Bar Association, and received an excellent rating from four other bar associations. I have also been endorsed by the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association.
Positions on the issues N/A
Offices Sought Franklin County Common Pleas Court (1992, 1998)
Offices Held Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch (1993 - 2002)