Donofrio to seek court reelection

Judge Gene Donofrio has announced he is seeking reelection to the Seventh District Court of Appeals, consisting of Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Monroe and Noble counties. His current term ends Feb. 8, 2023.

Donofrio, who serves as the court’s presiding and administrative judge, as voted on by his fellow judges at the court, was first elected to the Court in 1992. He was previously in the general private practice of law and served as an assistant city and county prosecutor as well as an assistant state attorney general.

Donofrio brings leadership, experience, and innovation to the Seventh District Court of Appeals. Ohio’s Courts of Appeals Judges have in the past voted him to serve as their Chief Justice of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association. Chief Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court have appointed him on multiple occasions to sit on cases at the state’s highest court. He has sat on over 4,000 appellate cases and authored over 1,500 appellate opinions.

In addition, Donofrio is a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University, teaching law classes since 1990. A state-certified instructor at the YSU Police Academy, he has provided legal training to police cadets and future law enforcement professionals. He volunteers with YSU’s Moot Court Competition team, which has often advanced to the national finals. He has served as a member of numerous boards and programs including county alcohol and drug addiction programs, his county bar association’s Lawyers Assistance Program, his Parish Council, American Cancer Society, the Board of Trustees of his county bar association, and his school board’s Career Counseling Advisory Board. He is a member of his local, state and American Bar Associations.

Donofrio currently serves with Judges Cheryl Waite, Carol Robb and David D’Apolito.


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