2020 Candidate for Judge of 11th District Court of Appeals: Cynthia Rice

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Cynthia Rice, Brookfield Democratic Judge

Name: Cynthia Rice
City of residence: Brookfield
Party affiliation: Democrat
Office desired: 11th District Court of Appeals Judge

Why should you be elected?
18 years experience as judge on the court of appeals.
12 years as a state and federal prosecutor
Endorsed by the West Lake County FOP, Cleveland Plain Dealer, AFSME, AFL-CIO
Highly Recommended by Lake County Bar, Preferred Candidate of Trumbull County Bar Association

What are your top three priorities if elected?
Serve as Chief Judge of Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association
Implement C-Track, a new case management system designed for the Ohio Supreme Court
Work with 5 County Clerk’s Offices to implement e-filing



Judge, Eleventh District Court of Appeals 2003 – Present
Presiding/Administrative Judge 2007, 2016, 2017
Administrative Judge 2020
Preside over appellate cases in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage, and Trumbull Counties.
Chief Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association, 2021.

Ohio Judicial Conference
Executive Committee 2011 – present
Criminal Law & Procedure Committee co-chair 2011 – present
Appellate Law & Procedure Committee 2013 – present
Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court Security 2013 – present

United States Attorney’s Office 1999 – 2001
Assistant United States Attorney, General Crimes Division, Youngstown, Ohio
Responsible for prosecuting to trial assigned federal offenses including firearms violations, drug trafficking, and bank robbery.

Special Assistant United States Attorney 1997 – 1999

Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office 1991 – 1999
First Assistant, Criminal Division
Responsible for overseeing all felony criminal prosecutions.  Trial counsel on major criminal cases including capital murder, murder, and rape. 

Chief Counsel, Vertical Prosecution Unit, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force
Responsible for setting up new unit designed to provide multi-jurisdictional prosecution and in-house counsel for the Task Force.  Coordinated efforts between Mahoning and Trumbull Counties Prosecutor’s Offices and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Administrator
Duties included plea authorizations on major felony cases. Courtroom prosecutor.

Chief Counsel, Drug Prosecution Unit
Responsible for prosecuting all felony drug crimes in Trumbull County.  Supervised assistant prosecutor and investigator.  Established and directed the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit targeting violations of drug laws regulating ethical pharmaceuticals.  Appointed Mahoning County Special Prosecutor to prosecute the Mahoning County Coroner on drug trafficking charges.

Private Practice, Rice Law Offices 1989 – 1993
General law practice including contracts, probate matters, and family law.

The Upjohn Company 1980 – 1991
Medical Science Liaison
District Sales Manager, Hospital Sales
Hospital Sales Representative
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative


University of Akron School of Law, J.D. 1985
Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, B.S. 1980


Ohio State Bar, Active Member 1989, admitted
Michigan State Bar, Inactive Member 1985, admitted


Married 33 years to Judge Ronald J. Rice
Three children –  ages 30, 26, and 24

Senate Bill 3, Is It the Answer?  For the Record: December, 2019
Blakely v. Washington, Lake Legal Views: November, 2004
Appellate Mediation, Lake Legal Views: November, 2005
Political Subdivision Immunity, Lake Legal Views: November, 2006
State of the Court, Lake Legal Views: November, 2007
Adam Walsh Act on Appeal, Lake Legal Views: November, 2009
The Confrontation Clause, Lake Legal Views: November, 2011
Issues Surrounding Intoxilyzer 8000 and State v. Vega, Lake Legal Views: November, 2012


Professionalism in Family Court                                                                               April, 2019

Effective Oral Arguments, Ohio Association for Justice               May, 2016

Current Ohio Supreme Court Conflicts,                Feb., 2015

Ohio Court of Appeals Judges’ Association Conference, 1 hour CLE

Evidence on Appeal, Lake County Common Pleas Seminar, 1 hour CLE

Appellate Mediation, Trumbull County Bar Association, 1 hour CLE

Appellate Mediation

Ohio Court of Appeals Judges’ Association Conference, 1 hour CLE

Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure Update & Report Writing, In-Service Instructor, 

Youngstown Police Department—

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