Scott for Judge

Experience

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Elect W. Moná SCOTT

for Judge

CLEVELAND HOUSING COURT

Campaigning for Change


Experience

It is my hope that you will continue to support my efforts in 2019, to become the next Cleveland Housing Court Judge. My 16 years as a licensed attorney and 18 years as a public servant has prepared me for this opportunity to serve you in an effective, compassionate and professional manner. I ask you for your support as I continue my lifelong commitment of being fair and transparent so that Cleveland’s communities equally thrive!

Education

Florida State University, Bachelor of Science

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor

Court Experience

1.     Six years as a Law Clerk and City of Cleveland Cleveland Assistant Prosecutor

  • Supervisor over the office’s summer law clerk

  • Lead prosecutor over Cleveland Municipal Court’s pilot 3-B program

  • Handled a weekly docket of hundreds of cases for pre-trials

  • Conducted numerous weekly bench trials for minor misdemeanors and misdemeanors

  • Effective sentencing solutions recommendations

  • Drafted internal legal memos concerning media cases

  • Reviewed cases from police officers & detectives and referred them for felony prosecution

2.     Six years as a Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

  • Jury Trial experience

  • Hundreds of sentencing recommendations for convicted defendants including referrals to diversion programs such as drug court and first offender’s program

  • Worked in 6 units: currently property tax foreclosure division, general felony, juvenile, children & family services, and child support (Domestic Relations Court & Juvenile Court)

  • Oral arguments before the 8th District Court of Appeals  

3.     Five years as Cleveland’s Fair Housing Administrator

  • Investigated and entered into several settlement agreements with landlords that violated Cleveland’s Fair Housing Law by discriminating against potential renters.

  • Enforced the City’s fair housing laws to prevent discrimination in neighborhoods against renters through online and printed ads.

  • Pursued complaints and obtained monetary settlements where citizens were being discriminated against based on their protected class status, while shopping in businesses and restaurants located in Cleveland.

  •    Ensured that the City’s Department of Community Development was in compliance with the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), mandate that the City affirmatively further fair housing

  •   Partnered with Cleveland Housing Court to help train landlords about Cleveland’s Fair Housing Laws and protected classes

Community Engagement & Volunteerism

  •   4 years attorney volunteer with CMBA’s  3 R’s (Rights, Responsibilities and Realities) program in CMSD

  • Volunteer attorney to assist CMSD and Maple Heights High Schools’ mock trial teams

  • Volunteered as an attorney election observer for Democratic Party

  • Black Women Political Action Committee (BWPAC) 

  • Ward 1 Club Member

  • Lee-Seville-Milles Club Member

  • Glendale Block Club

  • City of Cleveland Southeast Design Review Committee Member

  • Board of Trustee, Harvard Community Service Center

  • Board of Directors, Fair Housing Center for Rights & Research

  • Board Member, Common Ground Freedom House a non-profit that assists single women with children who are homeless become financially stable with wrap around services and locating permanent safe affordable housing.

  • Southeast Design Review Board Member (Alternate)

  • Expungement Clinic Attorney Volunteer

  • Prepared Pro Bono living wills, estate and will documents for senior citizen

  • NAACP Member- Cleveland Chapter

  • Urban League Guild                                                                                               

Housing Experience Fair Housing Advocate & Fair Lending Advocate

  • Partnered with Cleveland Housing Court for their Housing Clinic to educated landlords and realtors about their fair housing obligations

  • Worked closely with housing advocates to ensure Cleveland residents knew and understood their fair housing rights and landlord & tenant rights.

  • Instructed citizens on how to place their rents into escrow and how to file a complaint with Building & Housing for housing code violations.

  •   Prior member of NEO Fair Housing Collaboration and Cuyahoga County Fair Housing Group

  • Panelist on several fair housing forums throughout City of Cleveland

Union Experience

  • Prior Union member United Food and Commercial Worker (UFCW) Local 1996 as a cashier for Kroger Grocery Store in S.W. Atlanta, Georgia

Email: wmonascott4judge@gmail.com

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