Edith Gilliland

Local attorney Edith Gilliland on Thursday announced her 2020 candidacy to be the next Richland County Juvenile Court judge.

MANSFIELD -- Local attorney Edith A. Gilliland on Thursday announced her candidacy for Richland County Juvenile Court judge.

Gilliland's 28-year legal career has been spent largely in public service with a focus on juvenile law.

Since 2008, she has worked at Richland County Children Services, initially as agency counsel and now as managing attorney.

Gilliland, a Democrat, has prior experience as a city prosecutor, child support agency counsel and county public defender.

In addition, she spent three years as a research attorney for one of the premier online legal research services and four years in a private practice focused on juvenile law.

An experienced courtroom attorney, Gilliland has participated in hundreds of court hearings, including trials and handling appeals.

“My career has provided me with legal skills that touch every part of juvenile law, including criminal/delinquency cases, traffic offenses and child welfare cases," Gilliland said. "I am excited at the opportunity to serve the citizens of Richland County as the next Juvenile Court judge.”

An Ohio native, she was born in Newark and grew up in northeastern Licking County. She graduated from River View High School in Coshocton County. She received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University in Athens and her law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus.

During law school, Gilliland was co-founder of a student public interest law foundation that worked to award students pursuing careers in public service.

She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Dean’s Public Interest Award given to graduating law students who demonstrated a commitment to public service.

She was also inducted into the Order of the Barristers, an honor society for law school graduates who demonstrate exceptional courtroom skills.

“I have the right experience and I am the right choice. It is not only my vast experience but also my passion for this area of the law that positions me as the best candidate to serve as Richland County’s next Juvenile Court judge.” she said.

Gilliland will appear on the 2020 Democratic Party primary ballot.  Mansfield attorney Roeliff Harper, during remarks in September at a Shelby Area Democratic Club, said that he will also seek the office.

The election will be for an unexpired term, ending Jan. 2, 2023. Republican  Steve McKinley was appointed to the bench in April, replacing long-time Judge Ron Spon, who retired.

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