Court Judges

Judge Joseph H. Niemeyer
Judge Reginald J. Routson

Judge Joseph H. Niemeyer

EDUCATION:

Xavier University, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts in History – 1971
Ohio Northern University, Juris Doctorate Degree – 1975

BACKGROUND:

1991 – Present Judge
Common Pleas Court
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

1985-1990 Prosecuting Attorney
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

1985-1990 Partner
Fry, Niemeyer & Kissh
Findlay, Ohio

1975-1984 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

ACTIVITIES:

B.P.O. Elks Lodge # 75, Findlay, Ohio
Former Secretary and Board Member, Young Miss Softball
Speaker and Lecturer – Area Schools and Community Groups
Former Instructor: Ohio Peace Officers’ Training Academy

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association
Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Judges’ Association
American Judicature Society

Reginald J. Routson

EDUCATION:

Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies – 1975
Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts Degree – 1976
University of Toledo College of law, Juris Doctorate Degree – 1980
Graduate, Judicial Leadership Institute – 1999

BACKGROUND:

1998 – Present Judge
Common Pleas Court
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

1988-1998 Judge
Findlay Municipal Court
Findlay, Ohio

1985-1988 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Hancock County
Findlay, Ohio

1983-1985 Managing Attorney
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Findlay, Ohio

1981-1985 Court Monitor and Patient Advocate
Federal District Court
Toledo, Ohio

Judge Routson writes and lectures frequently for the Ohio Judicial College, Ohio State Bar Association, and other law related organizations, on such topics as DUI, evidence, criminal procedure, constitutional law, jury management issues, and new judge education.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

Judicial Award – Ohio Department of Highway Safety
Honorable Mention for Outstanding New Program – Ohio Department of Safety
Unsung Hero – Victims of Crime Program for Ohio, Attorney General’s Office
Distinguished Service Award – Findlay Jaycees
Distinguished Service Award – Hancock County Schools
Outstanding Young Ohioan
Outstanding Young American
Public Official of the Year – 2000

ACTIVITIES:

Past Board Member: YMCA
Lincoln Center (Substance Abuse Treatment Center)
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hancock County
Hancock County Highway Safety Task Force
Master of Ceremonies – Findlay First Edition Fall Fest
Past President – Hancock County Crime Prevention Association
Founder – Friends of Santa Claus
Speaker – HAPPY Program
Speaker and Lecturer – Area Schools and Community Groups
Chairman – Hancock County Red Ribbon Committee, 1991
Adjunct Professor of Law – Ohio Northern University College of Law
Adjunct Professor – University of Findlay

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, Officer & Education Coordinator
Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees – Chair (2001)
Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, Vice Chair
Ohio Supreme Court Appointee – Jury Management Study Committee
Ohio Jury Instructions Advisory Committee
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Judges’ Association

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