Judge Callahan's Staff
Bailiff, Brian Scheetz330.643.2247 E-mail
Judicial Attorney, Jenna Bouhall330.643.2248 E-mail
Judicial Assistant, Shari Hower330.643.7732 E-mail
Lynne S. Callahan
Judge Lynne Callahan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron, where she was named “Outstanding Senior Woman” in 1979. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Akron School of Law in 1984 and was thereafter admitted to the Ohio Bar. After law school, Judge Callahan chose a unique career path and joined the Akron Police Department where she served the community as a police officer and narcotics detective. In 1989 she joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney where she prosecuted major felonies. Judge Callahan also worked in the private sector.
Judge Callahan was appointed to the Akron Municipal Court on May 1, 1997, elected in November 1997 and re-elected in November 2003. While in the Akron Municipal Court, she was twice elected by her fellow judges to serve as Presiding Judge.
Judge Callahan was instrumental in the creation of the Akron Municipal Court’s Family Violence Court and presided over that Court from April 1998 until she was elected to the Common Pleas Court in 2009. Family Violence Court was an innovative domestic violence diversion program, which targeted first time domestic violence offenders. During Judge Callahan’s tenure, the Family Violence Court received the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director’s Award for Excellence in Community Justice and the American Corrections Association National Exemplary Offender Award.
Judge Callahan was elected to her current position on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas in November 2008 for the term beginning January 3, 2009. She also participates in the Summit County Common Pleas Court's Re-Entry Court Program and is a member of the Summit County Re-Entry Network Steering Committee. Judge Callahan serves on the Ohio Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and the Ohio Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. She has also served as a mentor to newly-appointed judges.
Judge Callahan has been active in the community and has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her community involvement, including the Urban Light Award. Judge Callahan is actively involved with the Ohio Student Mock Trial Program and has coached middle school and high school students' mock trial teams for the past nine years. She is a member of the County of Summit Criminal Justice Advisory Board and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Center Foundation, where she was president for two terms. She has taught at The University of Akron and at the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College.
Judge Callahan is a lifelong resident of Summit County. She and her husband Michael have three children and three grandchildren.