Judge Lynne Callahan is a candidate for the Ninth District Court of Appeals, serving Summit, Lorain, Medina, and Wayne counties. Judge Callahan is currently judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court, where she has served for over seven years. Prior to taking the common pleas court bench Judge Callahan served on the Akron Municipal Court for more than eleven years. Her reputation for excellence and a strong work ethic have been recognized by her peers and she received a rating of "Excellent" by the Akron Bar Association for the November 2016 general election, as endorsements by police and labor.
Judge Callahan graduated from the University of Akron where she received the University's prestigious "Outstanding Senior Woman" award in 1979. She went on to attend the University of Akron School of Law where she was a member of both the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams and was published in the Akron Law Review.
Following her graduation from law school and admission to the Ohio Bar, Judge Callahan took her career in a different direction--she joined the Akron Police Department where she served the citizens of Akron as a patrol officer and detective. That "real world" experience has served her well on the bench.
Judge Callahan was hired by Summit County Prosecutor Lynn Slaby in 1989 and served as an Assistant Prosecutor. She prosecuted thousands of felonies, including murders, rapes, and drug trafficking cases. She was also appointed to a special state-wide task force to prosecute child-abuse cases across the State of Ohio.
In 1994 Judge Callahan joined the Law firm of Davis & Young, where she remained until her appointment to the Akron Municipal Court bench on May 1, 1997. Judge Callahan was elected to the Akron Municipal Court bench in November, 1997 and re-elected in November, 2003.
Shortly after her election to the municipal court bench, Judge Callahan became involved in the planning process for the Akron Municipal Court's Family Violence Court. She presided over that court from its inception in April, 1998 until she was elected to the common pleas court bench in 2009. The Family Violence Court is an innovative domestic violence court that targets first-time offenders. During Judge Callahan's tenure, Family Violence Court received the Ohio Department of Corrections Director’s Award for Criminal Justice and the American Correctional Association's Exemplary Offender Award.
Judge Callahan presided over one of the Summit County Common Pleas Court re-entry courts for four years. Re-entry court is a program which strictly monitors a target population of adult offenders after they are released from the prison system by providing an intense and structured level of supervision and counseling services in an effort to improve their chances of successfully transitioning into society.
Judge Callahan is serving her third term on the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and is a member of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. She has served on the Ohio Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee and as an instructor at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College, where she taught other judges trial skills and domestic violence laws. Judge Callahan served two terms as president of the Community Health Center Foundation Board and was a member of numerous other boards during her professional career. Judge Callahan has frequently served others through her volunteer work and especially enjoyed her ten seasons as a volunteer coach of the St. Hilary Middle School and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School mock trial teams.
Judge Callahan’s work on the bench and in the community has been recognized by various awards including the Urban Light Award for Public Service, the Community Health Center Corrine Rho Award for outstanding service and the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Father Thomas F. Maher Outstanding Alumni Award.
Judge Callahan is married and the mother of three children and four grandsons.