2020 Candidate for Judge of Mahoning County Court #3: J.P. Morgan

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2020 Candidate for Judge of Mahoning County Court #3: J.P. Morgan

Name: J.P. Morgan
Age: 44
City of Residence: Canfield
Education: B.S. University of Akron (1997) J.D. Ohio Northern University (2001)
Email: jpmorganforjudge@gmail.com
Social Media
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/JudgeJPMorgan/
Occupation: Mahoning County Court Judge

Work Experience: Chief Legal Counsel for J.P. Morgan Esquire, Limited (2003 – current)

Family: Married 22 years to his wife (Ronnie), the Morgan’s have 6 children together (ages 7 – 18)

Affiliations: Member – Mahoning County and Ohio State Bar Association – Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Austintown)

Judicial Experience: Mahoning County Court Judge March 2019 to present

Non-Judicial Legal Experience:
As a practicing attorney in the Mahoning Valley for 18 years, I bring a wide-ranging skill set and vast courtroom experience to the bench. My multi-county legal practice has allowed me to see how our area courts can run efficiently and justly. Serving as both a public defender (10 years) and acting prosecutor, I understand our criminal justice system from every angle. My civil litigation experience has given me the experience and knowledge of the law that will be needed to hear and decide those civil cases assigned to the County Court.
I have been a trusted member of the bar association having served for 10 years (2 as chairman) on the Trumbull County Ethics Committee, a committee that investigates and holds accountable lawyers who violate ethical rules. I have volunteered hundreds of hours assisting low income and underprivileged clients in the Mahoning Valley who otherwise would not have had access to our legal system. As a Guardian Ad Litem for hundreds of children I served as a voice for children in abuse, neglect and dependency cases. I understand the positive impact our Courts can have on children and families. I have also seen firsthand how the drug epidemic in our community has wreaked havoc on our families. While there is no easy answer to this problem, I have seen and experienced programs that work and those that don’t. I understand our Courts, our areas unique challenges and run a Court that puts integrity and the rule of law at the forefront of all it does.

Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am married with six children. My wife and I love the Mahoning Valley and we want to see it be a great place to live and raise a family. Having lived in this Valley since a young age, I have seen how corruption and poor decisions by local officials and judges have eroded the public confidence and trust in our government and courts. This is not acceptable to me.
As a Judge it is my goal to bring integrity and a restored trust to the judiciary. Our families and this community deserve a Court that they can trust to always act fairly, impartially and independently. A court that applies the law correctly and that does now bow to political or other pressures.
My Christian faith provides the back drop and foundation of who I am. Honesty, character and integrity are truths that I have been taught from a very young age. I have learned that integrity is not something you say you have, it is something you do. My life’s work reflects a dedication to seeking truth, to seeking what is good and just and seeking what is right. It is for these reasons I am running to remain as Judge of the of the Mahoning County Court.

Spanish translation:

The translators involved in this project are volunteers from the community and their translations have been reviewed by individuals who are fully bilingual and have been recommended by professors of Spanish at Youngstown State University.

Los traductores involucrados en este proyecto son voluntarios de la comunidad y sus traducciones han sido revisadas por personas que son completamente bilingües y han sido recomendadas por profesores de español en Youngstown State University.

Edad: 44 años
Residencia: Canfield
Email: jpmorganforjudge@gmail.com
Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudgeJPMorgan/
Ocupación: Juez del Tribunal del Condado de Mahoning
Educación: B.S. Universidad de Akron (1997) J.D. Ohio Northern University (2001)

Experiencia Laboral: Jefe Legal Counsel for J.P. Morgan Esquire, Limited (2003 – a la fecha)

Familia: Casado 22 años a su esposa (Ronnie), juntos tienen 6 hijos (edades 7 – 18)

Afiliaciones: Miembro – Asociación de Abogados del Condado Mahoning y Estado de Ohio. Iglesia Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian (Austintown)

Experiencia judicial (cortes y años)
Juez del Tribunal del Condado de Mahoning, Marzo del 2019 a la fecha.

¿Que experiencia legal no judicial le capacita para ser juez?
Como abogado ejerciendo en el condado de Mahoning por 18 años, ofrezco un amplio conjunto de habilidades y una extensa experiencia en el tribunal para el puesto de juez. Mi oficina con experiencia de trabajo en múltiples condados ha permitido que conozca como los tribunales de nuestra área funcionan justa y eficientemente. Sirviendo como defensor público (10 años) y como fiscal en funciones entiendo nuestro sistema de justicia criminal por todos sus ángulos. Mi experiencia en juicio civil me ha dado la experiencia y el conocimiento de la ley lo cual sería necesario para escuchar los casos civiles asignados al tribunal del condado.
He sido miembro de confianza de la asociación de abogados sirviendo por más de 10 años (dos como jefe), y en el comité de ética del condado de Trumbull, un comité el cual sirve para investigar y responsabilizar a abogados que violan las reglas éticas. He sido voluntario por cientos de horas asistiendo a clientes desamparados y de bajo recursos en el condado de Mahoning quienes de otra manera no tendrían acceso a nuestro sistema legal. Como Guardián Ad Litem para cientos de niños he servido como una voz de niños en abuso, casos de negligencia y dependencia. Entiendo el impacto positivo que nuestro tribunal pude tener sobre niños y familias. También he visto de primera mano como la epidemia de drogas en nuestra comunidad ha causado estragos en nuestras familias. Aunque, no haya una respuesta simple para este problema, he visto y experimentado programas que trabajan y también las que no funcionan. Entiendo nuestros tribunales, los retos únicos de nuestra área de servicio, y manejo un tribunal que pone integridad y el imperio de la ley en primer plano de todo lo que esta hace.

¿Por qué se está postulando para este puesto?
Soy casado con seis hijos. Mi esposa y yo amamos este condado de Mahoning y queremos ver que sea es un gran lugar para vivir y criar una familia. Haber vivido en este lugar desde muy joven he visto como la corrupción y las malas decisiones de oficiales y jueces locales han degastado la confianza pública y confianza en nuestro gobierno y tribunales. Para mi esto no es aceptable.
Como juez mi meta es ofrecer integridad y restaurar la confianza al sistema judicial. Nuestras familias en esta comunidad merecen un tribunal en que se puedan confiar y que siempre se conduzca justamente, imparcialmente, e independiente. Una corte que aplique la ley correctamente y que no se incline a la presión política o de otro tipos.
Mi fe Cristiana provee el apoyo y las bases de quien soy. Honesto, con carácter, e integridad son verdades que a mi me enseñaron desde muy temprana edad. He aprendido que la integridad no es algo que tu dices que tienes, es algo que tu haces. El trabajo de mi vida refleja una dedicación en búsqueda de la verdad, buscando lo que es bueno, justo y lo que es correcto. Es por estas razones me estoy postulando para permanecer como Juez en el tribunal del Condado Mahoning.

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