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Past Member of NACDL's Board of Directors Candace Crouse Elected Appellate Judge in Ohio

Washington, DC (Nov. 15, 2018) – On Nov. 6, 2018, Election Day, Candace Crouse, a past member of NACDL’s Board of Directors and Vice Chair of NACDL’s Amicus Curiae Committee, was elected to serve as a Judge on the First District Court of Appeals in Ohio.

“While NACDL does not take positions on judicial contests or appointments, the Association and its members are extremely proud of Candace Crouse,” said NACDL President Drew Findling. “The Association, including its renowned Amicus Curiae program, are so grateful for Candace’s long-time and continued service to the bar. On behalf of NACDL, I congratulate Candace Crouse on this outstanding achievement.”

“If Candace Crouse brings to the bench the same intellect, dedication, and integrity that she brought to NACDL’s Board of Directors and its Amicus Curiae program, her service will bring great honor to Ohio’s judiciary and justice to the litigants whose cases come before her,” said NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer.

Candace Crouse started her career in Cincinnati after spending two years clerking for a federal district court judge in Wheeling, West Virginia. For the past several years, her practice has been at the Cincinnati-based firm of Pinales Stachler Young Burrell & Crouse Co., LPA. Candace has litigated criminal cases at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College. She was recently selected by Best Lawyers®, as ”2019 Cincinnati Lawyer of the Year” Criminal Defense: White Collar.

Candace earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law, where she was a managing editor of The Ohio State Law Journal and a member of the Civil Rights Moot Court team.

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