Hey everybody! Welcome to Conversations with Doc Martin, where we talk to extraordinary people doing extraordinary things!
In today’s interview, we talk to The Honorable Judge Heather S. Russell!
Judge Russel has had a very distinguished career! She obtained her degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983. She then went on to become a Hamilton County assistant prosecuting attorney, was elected to the Loveland, Ohio city counsel, and then since 2002 has served multiple terms on the Hamilton County Municipal Court as well as serving as a mental health specialty court judge.
Not only is she well-accomplished in her field, she’s been recognized by the community and her peers time and time again! She was recently recognized as one of Cincinnati Enquirer’s 10 Women of the Year awardees, in 2019 she was named as 1 of 3 Outstanding Alumni by the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association, she’s been awarded the Model of Justice Award from the Ohio Crime Victim Services, and in 2018 was awarded Cincinnati Bar Association’s Outstanding Female Counselor!
But all this isn’t why we’re talking with Judge Russell (or Heather as she told me to call her) today. Since 2014, she has volunteered her time to help women by presiding over C.H.A.N.G.E. court, a specialty court which stands for Changing Habits And setting New Goals is Empowering, that is focused on helping women change their lives for the better by giving them the help and tools they need to escape the world of sex and human tracking.
Find More of Judge Russell’s Work Here:
CHANGE court: https://hamiltoncountycourts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/change-court.pdf
Talbert House: https://www.talberthouse.org/
Strategies to End Homelessness: https://www.strategiestoendhomelessness.org/