The Honorable Elinore Marsh Stormer
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer graduated from Davidson College’s Honors College. She received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law. Judge Stormer practiced law in the private sector until 1989 when she was appointed General Counsel to the Summit County Executive.
In 1991, Judge Stormer was elected to the Akron Municipal Court and re-elected in 1993 and 1999. She started the first Municipal Drug Court and the first Mental Health Specialty Court in Ohio, and has been a leader in bringing the concept of “therapeutic jurisprudence” to Ohio. In November 2004, Judge Stormer was elected to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. In keeping with her commitment to intelligent sentencing and a “smart on crime” approach, in September 2006, she began Summit County’s first Reentry Court to assist felons returning from prison to become law-abiding citizens. She was reelected in 2010.
The General Division Judges elected Judge Stormer as Administrative Judge for 2007, 2008, and again in 2009. In this position, she oversaw the budgetary and personnel matters for a court of 157 employees and a budget of $13 million in addition to maintaining her docket.
Among others, Judge Stormer serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference Specialized Courts Committee and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. She is a board member of the Cascade Locks Association and The Salvation Army Advisory Board. In the past, she has served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on the Mentally Ill in the Courts, its Drug Court Task Force, Ohio Community Corrections Organization Board, Summit County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services, Weathervane, Community Aids Network, Ardmore Inc., Women's Network and the Citizens Advisory Board of the Akron Junior League, as well as numerous other community organizations.
Judge Stormer has received many community awards including the ATHENA Award for Leadership, the HEROES Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the statewide OCCO C. J. McLin Award, the Urban Light Award for Public Service, the Fred Frese Advocacy Award and the Public Official of the Year Award from the DAR. In 2008, Judge Stormer was honored to receive the Harold Stubbs Award for Law and the Committee Chair of the Year from the Akron Bar Association.