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April 9, 2007
Fanon Rucker Appointed to Hamilton County Municipal Court

Fanon RuckerFanon Rucker, an associate in the Cincinnati law firm of Santen & Hughes, has been appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to fill a vacancy on the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Rucker will begin as judge on Monday, April 30. His term extends until Jan. 1, 2008, and to continue service in the position, he must run in the November 2007 judicial election. The vacancy was created by the departure of Municipal Court Judge William L. Mallory, who left the bench on April 1 to take a seat on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

Rucker, 35, brings more than 10 years of legal experience to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. He has been with Santen & Hughes since 2002, where he concentrates on general civil litigation, employment and labor law, and civil rights. He also serves as the law director and prosecutor for the Village of Lincoln Heights and prosecutor for the Village of Woodlawn.

Rucker previously worked in the Cincinnati law firm of Manley Burke and started a general civil litigation practice with a concentration on civil rights and employment and labor law. He worked as assistant city prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati from 1996-2000, prosecuting misdemeanor cases and representing the city in civil and administrative cases.

Rucker received his bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Virginia and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1996.

Rucker has been an active member in several community and professional organizations, including the Cincinnati Bar Association and Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati. He has published articles and presentations on various legal issues, in particular civil rights violations and ethics.

“I am humbled by this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the court and Hamilton County,” Rucker said.

Photo Courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer