The Ritter Award is given each year to recognize an Ohio attorney’s accomplishments in attaining and promoting the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics in the practice of law, while assisting other attorneys, the courts, and the public to improve the justice system in Ohio.
The Honorable Michael J. Newman currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Ohio. He was appointed as a magistrate judge in 2011 and was reappointed in 2019 to a second eight-year term. This past February, Judge Newman was nominated by President Trump to the United States Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties.
In his role, Judge Newman piloted a special veterans court in Dayton. With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton VA Medical Center located in the community, and the large number of veterans residing in the area, Southwest Ohio makes for a prime region for establishing a court that concentrates on veterans' unique issues. Judge Newman's veterans court was the first of its kind in the state, and it aims to assist military veterans who have been charged with minor offenses. In many cases, treatment and strong guidance is the best, and preferred, course of action to assist with mental health or substance abuse issues.
To learn more about Judge Newman, read our recent press release.