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Judge Ronald Adrine

Judge Ronald Adrine


Judge Ronald B. Adrine is a life-long resident of Greater Cleveland. He graduated from Fisk University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He passed the Ohio bar in l973.  In 1974, he joined the staff of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor as an assistant in the criminal trial division.  In 1976, he entered the private practice of law with his father, the late Russell T. Adrine.  Two years later, he was appointed to serve as a Senior Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations.  He first ran for his current seat on the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 1981. 


Judge Adrine was re-elected five times, without opposition, to full six-year terms. He was most recently elected in November of 2011.  Until his retirement in January of 2018, he served as Administrative and Presiding Judge of his Court, a position to which his peers have annually elected him since 2008.


Over the years, Judge Adrine chaired the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness, a joint initiative of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Supreme Court.  He also chaired the Ohio Supreme Court’s Interpreter Services Advisory Committee and serves on its Criminal Sentencing Commission’s Ad Hoc Committee on Bail and Pretrial Services.  He chaired the National Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, formerly known as the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and co-chaired the Advisory Board of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. 


He currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and serves on that Center’s National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail.


Judge Adrine was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of both Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  In 2000, he was awarded the Ohio Bar Medal by the Ohio State Bar Association, its highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the profession and the community. 


Age limits prevented the 70-year-old Adrine from seeking a seventh term in 2017.


Judge Ronald Adrine retirement celebration 2018