Akron Municipal Court Judges Ron Cable, David Hamilton Receive Community Leadership Awards

Last month, two Akron Municipal Court Judges received awards related to their community leadership: Judge Ron Cable received the Lifetime Award for Service from the Northeast Ohio Volunteers of America and National NAACP during their annual Black History Month luncheon on Saturday, February 24, 2024 and Judge David Hamilton was recognized during the National Sales and Marketing Executives’ (NSME) Accent on Excellence Awards Event on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

Northeast Ohio Volunteers of America and National NAACP Black History Program Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
The Northeast Ohio Volunteers of America and the National NAACP partnered to host their annual luncheon held during the afternoon of Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Barberton Public Library.

Judge Cable was presented with a plaque marking a “Lifetime Award for Service” and a certificate honoring his continued volunteer service. Speakers and presenters included Barberton NAACP President Kevin Hill and National NAACP Board Member Ophelia Averitt.

“Judge Cable embodies equality and inclusion. The programs he runs grants access to justice for all,” said Averitt. “He goes above and beyond to serve men and women in Akron. I am proud to know him.”

NSME Accent on Excellence Awards Event
More than twenty-five professionals in the Akron/Canton region were recognized at the NSME Accent on Excellence Event on the evening of Tuesday, February 27 at Guy’s Party Center in Akron. Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton was one of the award recipients.

Criteria for receiving an award include community and civic involvement, professional experience, and demonstrated performance. NSME has held an annual awards gala to honor the "best of the best" sales and marketing professionals since 1972. 

“The selection committee was impressed with Judge Hamilton’s passion for serving the community,” said Sharon Reed, Executive Director of NSME Chapter Akron/Canton. “His journey is inspiring and I look forward to seeing his continued success.”

About Judge Ron Cable
Judge Ron Cable was first elected to the Akron Municipal Court bench in 2017. He was selected to be the Administrative/Presiding Judge for the Akron Municipal Court for both 2021 and 2022.

Judge Cable started Restore Individual Self-Empowerment (RISE) Court at the Akron Municipal Court shortly after being elected to help adult female victims of human trafficking. RISE first began as a court-sponsored program and transitioned into a certified specialized docket in November 2020. Judge Cable also presides over the Court's Family Intervention Court specialized docket and the Connect Program. Connect is a probation program that Judge Cable created for the developmentally disabled.

Judge Cable served as a magistrate at the Summit County Juvenile Court before being elected judge. Prior to serving in the Juvenile Division, Judge Cable served as the Chief Magistrate of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. In addition to his work as a magistrate, Judge Cable was involved as a mediator and presenter in the Domestic Relations Court’s programs that promote conflict resolution.

Judge Cable graduated from The University of Akron with a B.A. in Political Science and from The University of Akron School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Judge Cable also studied at the Capital University School of Law.

Judge Cable is a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Ohio Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association and is a fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation.

The Victim Assistance Program presented Judge Cable with the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Denton Outstanding Victim Service Award in April 2021. He received this honor because of his faithfulness, dedication and commitment to victims of crime and trauma through his work with RISE.

In September 2021, Judge Cable and RISE received the Ohio State Bar Association's Innovative Court Programs and Practices Award. The purpose of this award is to bring greater visibility to exemplary programs in Ohio's courts and to facilitate the transfer of those programs to other courts in the state.

About Judge David Hamilton
Judge David Hamilton was born and raised in Akron. He is a graduate of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (CVCA) and received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology as well as minors in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Akron. Judge Hamilton earned his Juris Doctorate at the Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.

Judge Hamilton was elected to the bench in both 2019 and 2023. He was selected to be the Administrative/Presiding Judge for the Akron Municipal Court for 2023.

Judge Hamilton is a former Prosecutor and Judicial Attorney in Akron Municipal Court. He also served as the District 5 Summit County Councilman. As the Chair of Public Safety, he started and spearheaded the Summit County Jail Advisory Commission in 2017. He is also the founder of the MY-STARS Summer Youth Enrichment Camp; designed for youth to gain exposure to “real world” skills and experiences needed for success in future planning for school and life. Being a Prosecutor and Councilman taught him the importance of public safety and fairness.

Judge Hamilton is involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. He is a former Board Member of Victim Assistance Program and a current Board Member of AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Summit County Land Bank and the First Tee of Greater Akron. He is also a Class 34 graduate of Leadership Akron. Awards he has won previously include the BMe fellowship, the Greater Akron Chamber 30 For The Future Award and Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty under 40.

Judge Ron Cable

Judge Ron Cable

Judge David Hamilton

Judge David Hamilton