National Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2017-2020
  • Best Lawyers 2017, Spring Edition, “Women of Influence,” Best Appellate Columbus Lawyer
  • Council of State Governments, Henry Toll Fellow, 2010
  • International Community Corrections Association, Judicial Award, 2010
  • National Ethnic Coalition Organization, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2008
  • National Judges’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative (JLI), Special Recognition, 2008
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Distinguished Service Award, 2004
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Adoption Excellence Award, 2001
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Angels in Adoption Award, 2001
  • Prevent Blindness America, Award for Volunteer Leadership, 2000
  • Outstanding Young Women of America (1983, 1985)
  • Who’s Who of American Women (14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 21st Editions)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (5th, 6th, 7 th, 9th,11th and 18th Editions)

Trial Practice Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Highest Award, Ritter Award, 2017 (Lifetime Accomplishments)
  • Ester H. Brocker Award and Scholarship, 2016
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Bar Medal Award, 2014
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Ohio Chapter), Professionalism Award, 2013
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Public Service Award, 2013
  • Ohio Senate, Commendation for Service, 2013
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (Alumni Public Service Award, 2002)
  • Ohio House of Representatives Commendation for Service, 1984

Criminal Justice Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Association (Ohio Bar Medal Award, 2014)
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing, Champion of Supportive Housing Award, 2013
  • Justice League of Ohio, Model of Justice Award, 2013
  • Advisory Committee on Specialized Dockets, Ohio Supreme Court, Certificate of Recognition, 2012
  • Columbus Bar Foundation, Judicial Pro Bono Award, 2012
  • Advisory Committee on Specialized Dockets, Ohio Supreme Court (Certificate of Recognition, (2012)
  • Ohio Association for Court Administration, Certificate of Appreciation, 2012
  • Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association, Outstanding Achievement Award, 2000; Certificate of Recognition, 2012
  • Ohio Bail Agents Association, Appreciation Award, 2008
  • Crisis Intervention Team (Award, 2006)
  • Central Ohio Crime Stoppers (Appreciation Award, 2002)
  • St. Joseph’s Orphanage (Scholar of Life Award, 1998)
  • Cleveland Heights Fraternal Order of Police (Judicial Excellence Award, 1996)

Mental Health Reform Awards

  • Mental Health America of Franklin County, Norman Guitry Award, 2018
  • Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation 2015 Compass Award
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Ohio Chapter, Mental Health Champion Award, 2002; Lighting the Candle of Hope for So Many Award, 2014
  • Ohio Psychological Association, Award of Excellence, 2012
  • Columbus Area Inc., Mental Health Advocate Award (Government Sector), 2011
  • Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, President’s Award, 2008
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Geauga County, Certificate of Appreciation, 2008
  • Ohio Psychiatric Society of Central Ohio (Flame Award for Service in Diversion of Patients from Court to Care, 2007)
  • Delaware Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Service Board (Helping Hands Award, 2006)
  • Tri County Board (Nelson Advocacy Award, 2006)
  • Harding-Evans Foundation (Academy for Leadership Award, 2005)
  • Fred Frese Advocacy Award, 2004
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Distinguished Service Award, 2004)
  • Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Partners in Justice Angel Award, 2004)
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health (Award of Appreciation, 2004)
  • Ohio Advocates for Mental Health (Elected Official of the Year, 2002; National Mental Health Education/Advocacy Award, 2004)
  • Nord Center (Distinguished Service Award, 2003)
  • Southeast Inc. (“Recovery” Award, 2003)

Veterans Treatment Court Reform Awards

  • Ohio Military Veterans Educational Foundation (MILVETS) 2016 Jake Brewer Leadership Award
  • Masonic Franklin County Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Association, Community Service Award, 2013
  • AMVETS Past State Department Commanders’ Civil Servant of the Year Award, 2013
  • Ohio National Guard, Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
  • Ohio State Association of Veterans’ Service Commissioners, Outstanding Service Award, 2011
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, Buckeye State Council, Veterans Advocacy Award, 2010; Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • The Psychiatric Society of Central Ohio, Award for Treatment Centered Courts for Veterans, 2010
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, Buckeye State Council (Veterans Advocacy Award, 2010)
  • Ohio Military Reserve Association, Outstanding Service Award, 2008

Other Recognitions

  • Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio, Industry Person of the Year, 2013
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing, Supportive Housing Champion Award, 2013
  • Franklin Church, Faith and Freedom Appreciation Award, 2013
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2010
  • Ohio Bail Agents Association, Appreciation Award, 2008
  • Beta Sigma Phi (Lady of the Year Award, 2007)
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio (People of Vision Award, 2005)
  • ArtSafe (Service Award, 2003)
  • Prevent Blindness America (Award for Volunteer Leadership, 2000)
  • The University of Akron (Alumni Honor Award, 2000)
  • American Biographical Institute, Woman of the Year (1992)
  • LeTourneau Stampede, Girls Goat Tying, 1st Place, 1972


  • Justice Stratton Award for Court Security, established in 2004 and awarded yearly
  • Justice Evelyn Stratton CIT Champion of the Year, established in 2012 and awarded yearly


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