Judge Rowlands' Staff
Bailiff, Dorianne Denard330.643.5014 E-mail
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The HonorableMary Margaret Rowlands
Judge Rowlands was elected to the Common Pleas Court in 2008, and re-elected in November 2014. Prior to becoming she spent 19 years in private practice representing clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts throughout the country. In January, 2013, she was elected Presiding Judge by her colleagues in the General, Domestic Relations, Juvenile and Probate Divisions of the Court. In addition to her assigned docket of civil and criminal cases, Judge Rowlands supervises approximately 75 ex-felons who have recently been released from prison in her Re-entry Court Program.
Judge Rowlands graduated from Youngstown State University and received her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1989. Previously, Judge Rowlands was a partner in the law firm, Whitaker and Rowlands Co., L.P.A., in Akron, Ohio. She became the chief legal counsel in the Summit County Fiscal Office in 2005.
Judge Rowlands is active in the community, serving on the boards of Akron Summit Community Action, Inc., the Civic Theater, and she is chair of the Gay Community Endowment Fund Advisory Board. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Akron Bar Association, having chaired its Common Pleas and Appellate Courts Committee. She was appointed to serve two terms on the Akron Bar Association’s highly regarded Commission on Judicial Candidates. She was elected by her peers to the Ohio Bar Association’s Council of Delegates. Judge Rowlands also was a charter member of the Charles F. Scanlon Chapter of the American Inns of Court.