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.

Magistrate Daniel Cody

Magistrate Daniel Cody was born in Columbus Ohio and received a B.A. in History in 1970 and a 

B.S.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1973 from The Ohio State University. Cody attended old St. Charles College in Columbus (now closed). He has completed graduate work at the St. Meinrad School of Theology and Kent State University. From 1973-to 1988 he was a teacher, coach, athletic director and admissions director at Archbishop Hoban High School. He is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law in 1990.

Upon graduation from law school he was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Mary Cacioppo and Hon. Joseph Cirigliano at the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals. He was an appellate attorney at Jacobson Maynard Tuschman and Kalur until 1993 when he entered private practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and criminal law. He joined with Michael Djordjevic in 1995 and practiced law in the area of medical malpractice until 2015. He joined the staff at Juvenile Court in 2011 as a Magistrate, administering the juvenile traffic docket. He now maintains the traffic docket and cases in the area of dependency, neglect and abuse.

He is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Association and also belongs to the Ohio Association of Magistrates. He has been a bar exam grader for the Ohio Supreme Court. A former member of the Archbishop Hoban High School Board of Trustees he also served as a board member and past president of the University of Akron Law Alumni Association (2000-2001), and is a life member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association. He currently serves as legal advisor for the Archbishop Hoban Mock Trial team and Moot Court teams, programs he started back in 1984 while teaching at the school.

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. Magistrate Freeman’s responsibilities include Delinquency & Status offenses, Juvenile Traffic, Dependency/Neglect/Abuse, Legal Custody and adult offenses filed in Juvenile Court. Magistrate. He is responsible for the New Paths probation docket dealing with developmentally delayed youth.

Magistrate Freeman is Treasurer of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and Chair of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Ohio Association of Magistrates. Magistrate Freeman is a member of the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Magistrate Freeman regularly presents continuing legal education programs for the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College and the local bar association. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Riverfront YMCA.

Magistrate Freeman is an avid fan of high school and college basketball. He also enjoys running. 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.

Magistrate Lynd-Robinson is currently assigned to the Family Reunification through Recovery Court. The Supreme Court of Ohio has appointed her to serve as a member of the Commission on Specialized Dockets. She also continues to serve on JDAI committees; is a member of a committee focusing on the needs of dually involved youth; and is working with Court staff and community members to serve the special needs of refugees who have resettled in our community. Magistrate Lynd-Robinson is also a member of the Akron Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association.

Magistrate Lynd-Robinson 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.

Magistrate Robert McCarty

Rob McCarty was appointed as a Magistrate of the Summit Court Juvenile Court in December 2004. As Magistrate, he primarily hears cases involving abused and neglected children, legal custody, delinquency, and child support.

From 1990 to 2004, Magistrate McCarty was engaged 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 guardian ad litem for children and adults. Magistrate McCarty served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency from 1989 to 1990, and he was the Legal Advisor to the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development from 1987 to 1989.

Magistrate McCarty now serves on various Akron Bar Association committees, and he has coordinated the Summit County Juvenile Court’s continuing legal education seminars since 2005.

Magistrate McCarty is a former board member of Catholic Social Services of Summit County and Summit Housing Development Corporation of the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, and he is a former Parish Pastoral Council member at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where he also assisted in coaching the students’ cross country and track teams.

Magistrate McCarty is an accomplished triathlete and nationally ranked mid-distance runner. He won two national age group championships in the 2013 National Senior Games. His finishes in the 800 and 1500 meter races remain in the top 10 fastest age group finishes in National Senior Games history.

Magistrate McCarty is a native of Akron, a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, and he earned his English and Law degrees from 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 Summit County Juvenile Court 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. Magistrate Rochford also hears delinquency cases.

Her community activism includes her membership on a commission formed by former Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Anthony Pilla where she was 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 DePaul Parish Board and the Executive Board of the Christ Child Society of Akron.

Magistrate Rochford resides in Akron with her husband. They have four children.

 

Magistrate Douglas McDougal

Douglas McDougal was appointed part-time Magistrate at the Summit County Juvenile Court in February, 2017. He also serves the Juvenile Court as Judicial Attorney, where he has served since August, 2015.

Magistrate McDougal was raised in Portage County and graduated from Field High School in 2005. Magistrate McDougal obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ohio Northern University in 2009, and his juris doctorate (cum laude) from Ohio Northern University in 2012. Following graduation, Magistrate McDougal worked as a Judicial Attorney for the Hancock County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas from April, 2013, to August, 2015.

In addition to handling matters regarding delinquency, custody, and abuse, neglect, and dependency for Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio and as coverage for his fellow Magistrates, Magistrate McDougal is the Program Director of the Juvenile Court’s Family Reunification through Recovery Court, and he works extensively with that program.

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