Akron Municipal Court Announces New Magistrates
The Akron Municipal Court has promoted Magistrate Tamara Todd to Traffic Court Magistrate. The role of Traffic Court is to hear traffic arraignments, minor misdemeanor traffic trials and driver's license appeal hearings. Magistrate Todd replaces Judge-Elect Susan Baker Ross who begins her term with Summit County Court of Common Pleas next month. Magistrate Todd’s new role became effective Monday, April 1, 2019.
In addition to Magistrate Todd’s promotion, the Court has recently filled two vacancies with the following new hires: Magistrate Tania Nemer and Magistrate Angela Hardway. Magistrate Nemer joined the Akron Municipal Court effective February 4, 2019 and Magistrate Hardway joined the Akron Municipal Court effective April 1, 2019.
Magistrates are non-elected judicial officers. They are appointed by the Judges of the Court. Magistrates conduct proceedings as a Judge would, but certain decisions of the Magistrate are not final or effective until they are reviewed and adopted by a Judge.
Magistrate Todd is a 2002 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2003. While in law school, Magistrate Todd worked as a Certified Legal Intern in the Juvenile Division of the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. Magistrate Todd began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Support Division and conducted administrative child support hearings from 2005-2007. Later, she became an Assistant Akron City Prosecutor serving from 2007-2013. Magistrate Todd served as a Hearing Officer for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) from 2013-2014 and then in 2015, returned to Akron Municipal Court as Judge Annalisa S. Williams' personal Magistrate and judicial associate at Akron Municipal Court. In 2017, Magistrate Todd was appointed to a Court Magistrate position, serving all six judges and presiding over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters.
In her new role as Traffic Court Magistrate, Magistrate Todd presides over the court's daily traffic arraignments and trials, handles parking and driving privilege hearings and manages files after sentencing. She now spearheads the Court's License Intervention Program which assists drivers in obtaining a valid driver's license.
Magistrate Todd is a member of the Akron-Canton Barristers, Ohio Association of Magistrates, Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition and the Council of Negro Women.
Magistrate Todd resides in Akron with her husband and three children.
Magistrate Tania Nemer presides over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters. She graduated with distinction from Western Michigan University Law School in 2007. For approximately seven years, Magistrate Nemer served as “Of Counsel” for McGinty, Hilow & Spellacy Co. LPA where she managed a private practice focusing in criminal defense, immigration, small claims, evictions and civil matters. She transitioned to nonprofit as an Immigration Senior Attorney at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland where she worked for over four years representing individuals and families in Federal Court.
Magistrate Nemer has previously served as vice-president of the West Shore Bar Association (WSBA).
She is a longstanding member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Immigration Customs Enforcement liaison for the Northern District of Ohio. She has also volunteered on multiple occasions at the Family Detention Center along the southern border in Dilley, Texas. Magistrate Nemer published a professional article, “Criminal and Immigration Laws: The Lines and The Lives They Cross” in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar
She currently lives in Hudson with her husband and their three children.
Magistrate Angela Hardway replaces Magistrate Todd serving all six judges and presiding over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters. Magistrate Hardway also supervises the Small Claims Court Mediation Program.
Magistrate Hardway graduated from The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2004. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice.
Since 2004, Magistrate Hardway was in private practice with Bevan and Associates LPA, Inc. specializing in the areas of workers’ compensation, probate and estate planning, civil litigation and domestic relations.
Magistrate Hardway lives in West Akron with her husband and three children.
Information about all Akron Municipal Court Magistrates can be found at: https://www.akronmunicipalcourt.org/court-info/magistrates/.