Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was elected in December to the board of trustees of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. The Common Pleas Judges Association’s membership includes all general division judges of the state’s common pleas courts, and its mission is “to improve the law, the legal system, and the effective administration of justice.”
A graduate from John Carroll University and the University of Akron School of Law, Oldfield served on the Akron Municipal Court for five years before her election to the Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2016. In addition to serving as the Akron Municipal Court’s Administrative/Presiding Judge from 2014-2016, Oldfield also served as the Presiding Judge of the Akron Municipal Drug Court, now known as the Akron Municipal Recovery Court, from 2013-2016.
Immediately after joining the Summit County bench, Oldfield was selected to serve as the Presiding Judge of the Felony Drug Court, the Turning Point Program.
Judge Oldfield is an active member of the community and has served the local bar for almost twenty years. She is a Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation, a member of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the United Way Addiction Leadership Council, the Oriana House Advisory Committee, an Advisory Member of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and an original member of the Summit County Opiate Task Force.
Judge Oldfield has participated in local, state-wide and national seminars and panels on the topic of recovery in the criminal justice system; and has been recognized in the recovery, legal and business community for her work as a lawyer and judge.
“I am honored to join this esteemed group of judges from across the state. I look forward to serving a more integral role in achieving the mission of the OCPJA,” said Oldfield.