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Melissa Powers
Administrative Judge

Judge Melissa Powers

Hamilton County Juvenile Court
800 Broadway, 14th Floor
Cincinnati, OH  45202-1332
(513) 946-9209
(513) 946-9216 fax


Hamilton County Juvenile Court

January 1, 2021 to present

800 Broadway, 14th Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Hamilton County Juvenile Court

January 2017 to December 31, 2020

800 Broadway, 12th Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Judge Melissa Powers was elected to Hamilton County Juvenile Court for a six year term that commenced on January 1, 2017. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as she served as a judge in Hamilton County Municipal Court from 2006-2016. During her tenure in Municipal Court, she was elected by her peers to serve as the Presiding Judge in 2012-2014. She also established the first Hamilton County Veterans Treatment Court that incorporated an innovative team approach and community collaboration to address the unique needs of justice-involved combat veterans. This highly successful treatment court was a model used throughout the State of Ohio as it concentrated on reducing recidivism by focusing on alcohol/drug addiction and Post Traumatic Stress therapy.

Judge Powers began her legal career in the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office advancing rapidly through each trial division. She departed from the prosecutor's office as the Chief Assistant of the Municipal Division in 1998 to begin her private litigation practice. The focus of her private practice was representing adults and children throughout southwest Ohio.

In 2008, Judge Powers received the prestigious Anti-Defamation League Ina Kay Award, at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC. She was recognized for her work in crimes against hatred when she solved a seventeen year old double homicide and bringing to justice a white supremacist serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin. She has been featured in numerous media stories from local to international press throughout her career, most notably Dateline NBC. In 2015, Ohio Supreme Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor appointed Judge Powers to serve on the Grand Jury Task Force to address community concerns on police use of force cases.

Judge Powers is a life-long Cincinnatian and a graduate of University of Cincinnati School of Law, University of Cincinnati, and McAuley High School. She has served on numerous boards as member such as Cincinnati Works, Operations Legal Help Ohio, Cincinnati Fire Foundation and Tri-State Veterans Community Alliance.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court     •     800 Broadway     •     Cincinnati, Ohio 45202