JUVENILE COURT MAGISTRATES PDF Print E-mail

Chief Magistrate Katherine Bertsch

Katherine Bertsch has served as a Magistrate in the Juvenile Court since 1988.  Magistrate Bertsch hears a mixed docket of custody cases, as well as paternity and child support issues associated with all of the Court’s cases.

Magistrate Bertsch received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business as well as her Gerontology Certificate from The University of Akron in 1982. She attended Case Western Reserve’s Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 1985. While in law school, Magistrate Bertsch had her work appear in the Journal of Legal Medicine and was associate editor of “Health Matrix: The Journal of Medical and Legal Issues.” She worked as an associate attorney in the law firm of Blakemore, Rosen, Meeker & Varian prior to her court appointment.

Magistrate Bertsch stays actively involved in a number of community organizations.  She was a member of UA’s Law School Adjunct Faculty from 1991-93, teaching Juvenile Law.  She retains an interest in the Constitutional underpinnings of the Court’s jurisdiction over minors, as well as the law’s impact on the family structure as a whole.  Magistrate Bertsch anticipates returning to adjunct teaching in the future.

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Magistrate Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman grew up in Kent and graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. He attended Mount Union College and graduated cum laude in 1979. He was accepted into the University of Akron School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor in 1982.

During his tenure in law school, Magistrate Freeman worked in the Akron City Prosecutors Office. From 1982 to 1984, Magistrate Freeman worked with the United States District Court and United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He entered private practice at the prestigious Akron law firm of Roderick, Myers & Linton. He remained in private practice from 1984-91 as a litigator representing individual and business clients in personal injury and commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts throughout the State of Ohio. His work at the law firm also included significant practice in Federal Court litigation and employment and labor law.

He left the firm in 1992 when he joined the legal department of Charter One Bank with responsibility for litigation, compliance with federal regulation and corporate governance. Immediately prior to joining the Court as a Magistrate, he was associated with a Cleveland law firm representing clients in state and federal court litigation.

He came to Summit County Juvenile Court in 2004. His docket consists primarily of delinquency cases.

Magistrate Freeman is an avid fan of high school and college basketball. He also enjoys hiking and traveling and he is an accomplished mountain climber, having scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney and Mt. Washington, to name a few.

He has been married to his wife, Francine, since 1984 and they have three children.

Magistrate Laura Lynd-Robinson

Magistrate Laura G. Lynd-Robinson, J.D., M.S.W., L.I.S.W.-S., brings to the bench the benefit not only of her legal training, but her experience in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse, with a focus on youth and families.

Magistrate Lynd-Robinson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Otterbein College (Summa Cum Laude) in 2001, and her Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2003. Prior to entering law school, she gained multidisciplinary experience with the Delaware County Juvenile Court as a clinician and liaison with the Juvenile Treatment Court. Magistrate Lynd-Robinson then attended The University of Akron, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2010. During law school, she worked for The University of Akron School of Law, Appellate Review Office and completed externships with the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Summit County Juvenile Court.

Following graduation, Magistrate Lynd-Robinson’s commitment to juvenile justice continued as a Judicial Attorney to the Summit County Juvenile Court. In addition to handling matters regarding delinquency and abuse, neglect, and dependency for Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, she assisted in the development of the Family Reunification through Recovery Court, aided in obtaining certification through the Supreme Court of Ohio of two specialized dockets, and served on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) committees.

Currently, Magistrate Lynd-Robinson is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Prevention Council. She continues to serve on JDAI committees, is a member of a committee focusing on the needs of dual status youth, and is working with Court staff and community members to serve the special needs of refugees who have resettled in our community.  

She resides in Summit County with her family.

Magistrate Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell has applied the experience she gained in private practice and as a prosecutor to her role as Magistrate in the Juvenile Court.

Magistrate Maxwell earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1989. Prior to graduating, Magistrate Maxell served as an intern with the Missouri Legislature.  She then attended the University Of Akron School Of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 1992.

After graduating from Law School Magistrate Maxwell entered private practice.  She worked primarily in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, family law and worker’s compensation.

In 2001 Magistrate Maxwell left private practice and joined the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office. She successfully prosecuted many misdemeanor offenders who were charged with offenses such as domestic violence, driving under the influence and theft. Magistrate Maxwell joined the Juvenile Court in 2003.

Since joining the Court Magistrate Maxwell has established a Teen Court diversion program.  In this program, teen volunteers act as advocates and jurors in cases involving first time misdemeanor offenders. The teen jury is responsible for determining a disposition for the offender using the principles of restorative justice.

Magistrate Maxwell has also been instrumental in creating a special court program for pregnant teens and teen age parents.  The goal of the program is to assist teen-agers who are parents or who are about to become parents in learning effective parenting and living skills.

Magistrate Maxwell has also served on the Crossroads Advisory Board, the Truancy Task Force and is a current Board Member at Tarry House.

She interned at the Public Defender’s Office in Washington D.C. as an investigator in the Spring of 1993 before entering Cleveland-Marshall College of Law that Fall.

While there, she worked for the Ohio Public Defender Commission in the Juvenile Representation Project where she assisted a staff attorney in gathering information from juveniles who were incarcerated at Department of Youth Services facilities.

She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall and received her Juris Doctor in 1996. Upon passing the Bar exam, she opened her own practice in Cleveland which consisted of taking court appointments for indigent clients in criminal matters in various courts, taking Guardian ad Litem appointments in the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, as well as civil and probate matters.

She moved to Copley in 2001 and continued to represent indigent criminal clients with the Legal Defender’s Office in Akron.  She remained at the Legal Defender’s Office until joining the Court in March 2003 as a Judicial Attorney, which remains her primary function at the Court. Her versatile legal background allows her to preside as a Magistrate in Delinquency, Dependency and Neglect and Power of Attorney hearings at the Court.

Magistrate Robert McCarty

Robert A. McCarty was appointed Magistrate of the Summit Court Juvenile Court in December 2004. He also serves the Juvenile Court as Judicial Attorney. As a Magistrate, McCarty primarily hears cases involving truancy, adult failure to send to school, and child protection.

From 1990 until his Juvenile Court appointment, Rob was in the private practice of law at the firm of Mentzer, Vuillemin and Mygrant, where he focused on Juvenile, Domestic Relations, and Probate Law, and served extensively as a Guardian ad Litem for children and adults in those three areas of law. Magistrate McCarty was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency from 1989 to 1990 and was the Legal Advisor to the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development from 1987 to 1989.

He serves on the Bar Applicant and Students Committee of the Akron Bar Association. He is an active member of the Parish Pastoral Council at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where he also assists in coaching cross country and track. Magistrate McCarty is a former board member of Catholic Social Services and Summit Housing Development Corporation of the Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

He is a native of Akron, attended Walsh Jesuit High School and earned his English and Law Degrees at the University of Akron.

Magistrate Denise McGuckin

Denise McGuckin brings a wealth of experience to her role as Magistrate.

A lifelong resident of Akron, Magistrate McGuckin graduated from St. Vincent-St-Mary High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Fine and Applied Arts degree from The University of Akron in 1982.

While attending the university’s School of Law, Magistrate McGuckin worked as a clerk for Common Pleas Court Judge James E. Murphy. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 1985 and, following her passage of the bar exam, was soon hired by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

After a six-month stint in the Tax Division, Ms. McGuckin was placed in the Juvenile Division, prosecuting delinquency cases from December 1986 to October 2000, when she was appointed Magistrate in the Juvenile Court, again specializing in hearing delinquency cases.

A member of the Akron Bar Association, she is a member of the ABA’s Criminal Law & Enforcement Committee.

Magistrate McGuckin continues to reside in Akron with her son and daughter.

Magistrate Mary Ann Mendlik

Magistrate Mary Ann Mendlik is a native of Cleveland and graduated from Trinity High School in Garfield Heights in 1989. Following graduation, she attended Ashland University and graduated magna cum laude in December 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

She interned at the Public Defender’s Office in Washington D.C. as an investigator in the Spring of 1993 before entering Cleveland-Marshall College of Law that Fall.

While there, she worked for the Ohio Public Defender Commission in the Juvenile Representation Project where she assisted a staff attorney in gathering information from juveniles who were incarcerated at Department of Youth Services facilities.

She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall and received her Juris Doctor in 1996. Upon passing the Bar exam, she opened her own practice in Cleveland which consisted of taking court appointments for indigent clients in criminal matters in various courts, taking Guardian ad Litem appointments in the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, as well as civil and probate matters.

She moved to Copley in 2001 and continued to represent indigent criminal clients with the Legal Defender’s Office in Akron.  She remained at the Legal Defender’s Office until joining the Court in March 2003 as a Judicial Attorney, which remains her primary function at the Court. Her versatile legal background allows her to preside as a Magistrate in Delinquency, Dependency and Neglect and Power of Attorney hearings at the Court.

Magistrate Mendlik married her husband, Jason, in 2002. The couple lives in Copley.

Magistrate Rita Rochford

From the classroom to the courtroom, Magistrate Rita Rochford brings solid experience to the Juvenile Court.

In 1982, Magistrate Rochford graduated cum laude from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She continued her education at the university’s School of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctor in 1985.

She served as Deputy Law Director/Prosecutor for the City of Stow from 1985 to 1992, while also maintaining a partnership in the law firm of Martin, Rochford and Durr, representing clients in criminal, civil, juvenile and domestic relations.

As a teacher at The University of Akron, Magistrate Rochford taught such courses as Criminal Law for Police, Evidence and Criminal Legal Process, Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Juvenile Justice Process.

Magistrate Rochford came to Juvenile Court in January 2003, where she directs the Citizen’s Review Board. The Citizen’s Review Board is responsible for reviewing the cases of children placed in the permanent custody of the Children’s Services Board.

Her community activism includes her membership on a commission formed by former Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Anthony Pilla where she is charged with rendering recommendations to the Diocese for a policy concerning child sexual abuse.

She has also served on the Battered Women’s Shelter Board of Trustees and remains active with the St. Vincent’s Elementary School Parents Association, the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Board and the Executive Board of the Christ Child Society of Akron.

Magistrate Rochford resides in Akron with her husband, Bernie, and their four children.

Magistrate Ron Cable

Magistrate Ron Cable has been with the Summit County Juvenile Court since January 3, 2017. Prior to serving in the Juvenile Division, he served as the Chief Magistrate of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. Magistrate Cable has additional experience working for Legal Aid and as an attorney in private practice.

Magistrate Cable graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A. in political science and from the University of Akron School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Magistrate Cable also attended the Capital University School of Law.

In addition to his legal experience, Magistrate Cable worked as a case manager where he assisted inmates from the federal prison system with reestablishing their family relationships and with gaining employment upon their release. Magistrate Cable also worked in the juvenile correction system.

In addition to his work as a magistrate, Ron Cable was involved as a mediator and presenter in the Domestic Relations Court’s programs that promote conflict resolution.
Ron Cable also founded the therapy dog program at the Domestic Relations Court.


Ron Cable has served on various boards and committees including Akron Summit Community Action, Autism Society of America, Greater Akron Chapter, University of Akron Learning Commons Task Force, University of Akron Friends of the Library, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section Officer and the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative.

Ron Cable is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Akron Bar Association and is a fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation. Ron Cable is a resident of Akron, Ohio where he lives with his wife and three children.

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