Chief Magistrate Scot Stevenson graduated from the University of Akron Honors College in 1988 and obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1992. While at the University of Akron, he worked for Judge Bill Spicer in the Summit Count Probate Court. After graduating from law school he was a staff attorney/judicial law clerk for Judge John Reece of the Ninth District Court of Appeals.
After working at the Ninth District Court of Appeals, Chief Magistrate Stevenson began a career in the private practice of law. Initially he practiced in Barberton, Ohio. In 2000 he joined a legal practice in Akron and practiced there until appointed as a Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge in 2016. In private practice, Chief Magistrate Stevenson, practiced in the areas of general civil litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. He had an extensive experience in appellate practice and argued before local Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court. Three times he received the Volunteer Legal Services Program’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his work and dedication representing low income citizens of Summit County. He also has served as the Law director for Twinsburg Township from 2011 until his appointment to the bench. He was appointed as a Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Court in January 2017.
While maintaining his law practice, Chief Magistrate Stevenson also held a number of positions to prepare himself for service as a Magistrate. In 1996 he was appointed a Magistrate in the Barberton Municipal Court hearing small claims and traffic matters. After serving there for two years, he was appointed a hearing officer for the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles hearing disputes between automobile dealers and manufacturers. Lastly, from 2011 until 2014 he served as a Magistrate in the Cuyahoga Falls Mayor’s Court hearing traffic and criminal matters.
Chief Magistrate Stevenson also has served our Community over the last two decades. He has been a member and chairperson of both the Barberton Public Library and the Akron Law Library Boards. He served on the Summit County Facilities Review Board, a Board which examines and reports on local prisons and Community Based Correctional Facilities. He was a member and Vice-President of the Barberton Area Salvation Army advisory board. Serving these organizations has been a source of pride and accomplishment for Chief Magistrate Stevenson over the years.
Chief Magistrate Stevenson was born and raised in Summit County. He has been married to his wife, Diana Stevenson, for over twenty years and is a proud parent of Joshua and Alexander Stevenson.
Magistrate Jason Adams is a lifelong Akron resident, graduate from of the Akron Public Schools, The University of Akron (Bachelor of Arts in economics, minor in labor economics), and The University of Akron School of Law.
Magistrate Adams has been an attorney for over 30 years and is licensed to practice in Ohio and United States Federal Courts (Northern District of Ohio and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals). Adams’ previous experience includes being an Akron Municipal Court Judge, Judicial Attorney and Magistrate for the Summit County Common Pleas Court – General Division, small business owner/private practice attorney, as well as a bailiff for the Barberton Municipal Court and clerk for the Akron Municipal Clerk of Court.
Magistrate Adams is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and the Akron Bar Association, and previously as a member of the Akron Bar Association – Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Magistrate Jason Adams is currently the President of the AHEPA 63, Inc. – a HUD sponsored senior living facility in Tallmadge, Ohio and Board Member of the AHEPA National Housing Corporation in Fishers Indiana – providing affordable housing (mainly HUD 202 funded properties) for low income and disabled seniors in twenty-one states. Jason is previously a Board Member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Tarry House Incorporated (temporary residential housing facility for adults with mental disabilities), and the Cascade Locks Park Association – all in Akron, Ohio.
Magistrate Stephan Collins was born in Iowa and later came to Akron. He is a graduate from Buchtel High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a navigator. Thereafter he attended the Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History and then enrolled in the University of San Francisco Law School. While attending USF he served as staff for the Admiralty Moot Court and an editor of the USF Maritime Law Journal. Magistrate Collins completed his Juris Doctorate at the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1997, where he also served as a research assistant on agriculture and the law.
Magistrate Collins brings to the Domestic Relations Court a rich and varied set of life experiences. While living in Santa Barbara, California he served as a job coach for developmentally disabled adults; a volunteer mediator in domestic and civil cases; a policy research intern to the Santa Barbara County Supervisors; a judicial intern in the Federal District Court of Minnesota; and a real estate law instructor for the Ohio School of Real Estate Studies. Magistrate Collins has also worked as a private practice attorney in Ohio with a focus on domestic relations practice and is a legal instructor at the Academy of Court Reporting in Akron.
Magistrate Collins joined the Summit County Domestic Relations Court as a judicial attorney in 2000, becoming a Magistrate in 2001. His primary non-work interests are his family, WWII history and cooking.
Magistrate Erin Dazey is a graduate of Southeastern University with a Bachelor in Criminal Justice. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law. Although initially admitted to practice law in Virginia, Erin chose to move to her home state of Ohio and set down roots. She is now licensed in both Virginia and Ohio.
Erin’s former practice areas include tax lien foreclosures and eviction actions, but her heart and calling has always been to work with families. Most recently prior to joining the Domestic Relations Court, she was able to focus solely on domestic relations law including divorce, dissolutions, child custody, and visitation matters. Here she renewed her passion for finding a path forward for people going through hard times.
Magistrate Dazey joined the Domestic Relations Court initially as a judicial attorney, becoming a Magistrate in 2021. She is married with two young children and enjoys camping, gardening, and cooking.
Magistrate Ford is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor in English. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law and has bar admissions to the Ohio State Bar, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Magistrate Ford has previous experience working for Judge Brenda Burnham-Unruh in Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Child Support Enforcement Agency as a Hearing Officer and as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Akron. Most recently, she was in private practice with a focus on criminal defense, juvenile issues, and evictions for two apartment complexes. For over 5 years, she was a Guardian ad Litem and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. Additionally, while maintaining her private law practice, she was the crossroads attorney for Summit County Juvenile Court where she represented juveniles who had abuse / dependence problems and mental health issues.
Magistrate Cara Ford came to Domestic Relations Court in May of 2019.
Magistrate Ford is married with two children. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and The House of the Lord where she volunteers in the nursery and marriage ministry.
Magistrate Elisa Hill was born and raised in Ravenna Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Elisa obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
Elisa was a law clerk for Edward L. Gilbert LLC while attending law school. She then began working for the Honorable Judge James R. Williams as a Judicial Assistant for several years. In February 1999, Elisa was appointed by then Mayor Donald Plusquellic as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Akron. While at the Prosecutor’s Office, Elisa was the Domestic Violence Prosecutor, Police Legal Advisor and Felony Court Prosecutor. She prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence and civil protection order violation cases. Elisa joined the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in June 2017 as the Honorable Judge Katarina Cook’s Judicial Attorney.
Elisa is an active member and current treasurer of the Akron Canton Barristers Association. She is on the board of Greenleaf Family Center. Elisa is a graduate of Class VII of the Child and Family Leadership Exchange. She is also a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Magistrates, and several other community organizations, such as Sarahs House.
In her spare time, Elisa runs marathons, gardens and loves to read. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, retired Akron police officer Arthur and her twin boys.
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Domestic Violence / Dating Violence Civil Protection Order Magistrate
Magistrate Kimberly Y. Smith Rivera graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She moved to Ohio in 1988 and worked as a Human Resource Manager for five years before attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review and as President of the Mock Trial Team. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 1996. Upon graduation, she served for two years as law clerk to Judge Daniel B. Quillen (now deceased) of the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, and for one year as law clerk to Justice Deborah L. Cook of the Ohio Supreme Court.
Following her clerkships, Magistrate Rivera began working in private practice as a litigator in a wide variety of areas of law, including but not limited to employment, contract, constitutional, consumer finance, and appellate work. She is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, all Ohio and North Carolina State Courts, all Federal Courts in Ohio, and the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Magistrate Rivera serves on the Board of Directors of True Freedom Ministries and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Akron Better Business Bureau. She has served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Cleveland and Akron Better Business Bureaus for over 20 years. She plays saxophone in the Cuyahoga Valley Concert Band and does volunteer work for the Summit County Humane Society. She is a member of Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, where she plays in the orchestra and sings in the choir.
Magistrate Rivera became a part-time Magistrate Judge for the Domestic Relations Court in 2022, and continues to maintain part-time private practice with a nonprofit law firm. She was born and raised in Middlebury, Indiana, and has been married to her husband, Francisco, since 2005.
Magistrate Christopher Snyder is a life-long resident of Summit County, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Akron where he received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He later earned his Juris Doctorate from University of Akron School of Law. He is currently admitted to practice law in Ohio, and certified to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and United States Supreme Court.
After graduating, Magistrate Snyder was engaged in private practice for 17 years. His practice focused on criminal defense litigation, juvenile, domestic relations, civil litigation, and bankruptcy. He also served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Summit County Juvenile Court. Magistrate Snyder also served as a part-time Magistrate in the Akron Municipal Court where he heard small claims cases, evictions, traffic matters, and felony arraignments. He was appointed as a Magistrate of the Domestic Relations Court in January 2019.
He is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, Akron Bar Association, and Ohio State Bar Association.
Cheryl Wear was born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls and is an Akron resident. She graduated from Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, Ohio) in 1982 where she was active in sports and drama. Cheryl continued her education at Duke University, then transferred to the University of Akron where she earned a B.A. in Economics, a Masters in Economics, and a JD/MBA(Marketing). Cheryl was admitted to the Bar in Ohio in 1992, and to the Bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, in 2009.
After law school, Cheryl spent two and a half years at the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals as Judicial Attorney to Judge Donald R. Ford (now deceased). After her time with Judge Ford, she served for four years as a Trust Officer at Key Bank in the Employee Benefits Division where she drafted and administered institutional retirement plans governed by ERISA. While at Key Bank, Cheryl received the Key Bank Achievement of Excellence Award. Following her time at Key Bank, she served almost five years as Judicial Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum in Akron. Cheryl then took her bankruptcy experience to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Collections Enforcement Division, where she served for two years representing the State of Ohio in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. Following her time with the Ohio Attorney General, Cheryl returned to the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals to serve as Judicial Attorney to Judge Thomas R. Wright. Cheryl joined Judge Katarina Cook at the Akron Municipal Court in August, 2015, as her Judicial Attorney, and followed Judge Cook to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in the same capacity in January, 2017.
Cheryl has been active in the community throughout her professional life. She was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club, served for seven years on the Chapel Hill Christian School Board of Education, and spent four years on the Alumni Advisory Board of Western Reserve Academy. She is on the Interval Brotherhood Home Board of Trustees, and is active in the recovery community. Cheryl is also active in her church, Christ Community Chapel where she has been involved in the music ministry and currently serves as a volunteer for the RESTORE Addiction Recovery Ministry.
Outside of work, Cheryl loves to sing and play the piano. In 1989, she toured throughout Europe with the Continental Singers. She has two adult children. Cheryl is an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the University of Akron men’s basketball team.