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The Honorable Julie A. Schafer

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After graduating from Medina High School, Judge Schafer earned an associateís degree as class valedictorian from Brooks College in California. She spent many years working in the private sector and operating her own businesses before graduating summa cum laude from Hiram College and then completing the dual-degree program at the University of Akron, graduating with Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees. During this time, she was elected to the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education and, after passing the bar exam, opened her own law practice.

Judge Schafer enjoys public service. She served many years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem in the Summit County courts. She was re-elected to the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education three times, serving fourteen years, and eventually was elected by her peers to the Ohio School Boards Associationís Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. She also became a foster parent. Finally, Judge Schafer expanded her family when she adopted two of the young boys she had been fostering.

Judge Schafer was elected as a Judge in the Akron Municipal Court in November of 2013. The following November, she was elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals for a term starting in February 2015.

She is active in numerous community activities. She is also a member of the Akron, Lorain County, Medina County, Wayne County, and Ohio State Bar Associations. Judge Schafer has four children.