MEET OUR JUDGES

 
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Mark E. Kuhn

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, in June 1969; admitted to Ohio Bar in 1994: also admitted before U.S. District Court, the Southern District of Ohio

PREPARATORY EDUCATION:

  • Miami University, College of Education and Allied professions (B.S. Ed. 1991)

  • University of Toledo, College of Law (Juris Doctor 1994)

LEADERSHIP, BOARD DESIGNATIONS, AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Judge, Scioto County Common Pleas Court, 2018 - Present

  • Scioto County Prosecutor (2005 to 2018)

  • Portsmouth City Prosecutor (1995, 1996 to 2004)

  • Offices of Mark E. Kuhn Attorney at Law (1994 to 2004)

  • Member, Scioto County Bar Association (1994 to Present), Past Trustee

  • Ohio Department of Rehabiltation and Correction, Structured Sentencing Committee (Prior member)

  • Member, Scioto County Bar Association (1994 to present), Past Trustee​

  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Structured Sentencing Committee (Prior Member)

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association (1994 to Present)

    • Real Estate and Probate Section​

  • Member, United Way of Scioto County (1998 to 2005; 2010 to Present), Past President

  • Portsmouth Public Library Board of Trustees (2001 to 2005) Past President

  • Hospice of Southern Ohio (1995 to Present) Current President

  • Member, Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence (1997 to Present)

  • Evangelical United Church of Christ (Lifelong Member)

    • Church Council (1995 to 2000), Past President, Past Deacon, Past Elder​

  • Scioto Christian Ministry (1997 to 1999)

  • Member, Scioto County Fair Board (2004 to 2005)

  • Member, Criminal Justice Mental Health Advisory Board (2003 to 2005)

  • Member, Northwest High School Alumni Association (1995 to 2006), Past President, Past Treasurer

  • Member, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club (1995 to 2017), Past Board Member

  • Member, Ohio Municipal Attorney's Association (1996 to 2004)

  • Northwest High School Mock Trial (1995 to 2003), Legal Advisor

  • Member, Scioto County Budget Commission (2005 to Present)

  • Member, Scioto County Record Commission (2005 to Present)

  • Member Scioto County Community Corrections Advisory Board (2003 to Present)

  • Ohio and Southern District Federal Judicial Nomination Commission (2016 & 2017)

 
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Howard H. Harcha III

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, in March 1957; Admitted to Ohio Bar in 1982; Judge, Scioto County Common Pleas Court, 1997 to present

PREPARATORY EDUCATION:

  • The Ohio State University - 1979 (B.A. 1979)

  • Ohio Northern University- College of Law- (Juris Doctor 1982)

LEADERSHIP, BOARD DESIGNATIONS, AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Judge, Scioto County Commons Pleas Court, 1997 - Present

  • Judge, Portsmouth Municipal Court, 1991 - 1997 

  • City Prosecutor, Portsmouth Municipal Court, 1982 - 1991

  • General Practice of Law with Father, Howard H. Harcha Jr. 1982 - 1991

  • Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, President, 2013

  • Ohio Judicial Conference Committee on Community Corrections, Co-Chairman, 2007 - Present

  • Ohio Supreme Court Security Committee 2021 - Present

  • Ohio Supreme Court Rules of Superintendence Committee 2022 - Present

  • Ohio Interstate Compact Commission, Board Member, 2021 - Present

  • Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, 2018 - Present

  • Ohio Supreme Court Committee for Attorney Specialization, Member, 2004 - 2008

  • Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, Board of Trustees, 2007 - 2014

  • American Judges Association, Board of Governors, 2002 - 2008

  • American Judges Association, Court of Appeals, 2010 - 2016

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, 2009 - 2013

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee, Chairman, 1996 - 1997

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Board of Governors 2013 - 2019

  • Scioto County Mock Trial Coordinator 2002 - Present 

  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Trustees, 1986 - 1989 

  • STAR Community Justice Center, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, JAB Board, Past Chairman

  • Judicial Advisory Group, 2019 to Present

  • Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Portsmouth Ohio