Elinore Marsh Stormer
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer graduated from Davidson
College’s Honors College. She received her Juris
Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law.
Judge Stormer practiced law in the private sector until
1989 when she was appointed General Counsel to the Summit
In 1991, Judge Stormer was elected to the Akron Municipal
Court and re-elected in 1993 and 1999. She started the
first Municipal Drug Court and the first Mental Health
Specialty Court in Ohio, and has been a leader in bringing
the concept of “therapeutic jurisprudence”
to Ohio. In November 2004, Judge Stormer was elected
to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. In keeping
with her commitment to intelligent sentencing and a
“smart on crime” approach, in September
2006, she began Summit County’s first Reentry
Court to assist felons returning from prison to become
law-abiding citizens. She was reelected in 2010.
The General Division Judges elected Judge Stormer as
Administrative Judge for 2007, 2008, and again in 2009.
In this position, she oversaw the budgetary and personnel
matters for a court of 157 employees and a budget of
$13 million in addition to maintaining her docket.
Among others, Judge Stormer serves on the Ohio Judicial
Conference Specialized Courts Committee and the Criminal
Justice Advisory Board. She is a board member of the
Cascade Locks Association and The Salvation Army Advisory
Board. In the past, she has served on the Supreme Court
of Ohio Advisory Committee on the Mentally Ill in the
Courts, its Drug Court Task Force, Ohio Community Corrections
Organization Board, Summit County Alcohol Drug and Mental
Health Services, Weathervane, Community Aids Network,
Ardmore Inc., Women's Network and the Citizens Advisory
Board of the Akron Junior League, as well as numerous
other community organizations.
Judge Stormer has received many community awards including
the ATHENA Award for Leadership, the HEROES Award from
the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the statewide
OCCO C. J. McLin Award, the Urban Light Award for Public
Service, the Fred Frese Advocacy Award and the Public
Official of the Year Award from the DAR. In 2008, Judge
Stormer was honored to receive the Harold Stubbs Award
for Law and the Committee Chair of the Year from the
Akron Bar Association.