Career

1977: Civil rights division for Ohio Attorney General Bill Brown

1980-88: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District where she served as chief of the Appellate Division. She also was an adjunct law professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

1988: Akron law firm, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, L.P.A.

1989: Appointed to Akron Municipal Court and elected in 1989 and re-elected several times. Served 15 years on the bench. She was the first black woman judge on Akron Municipal Court.

2004: First black woman to be elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals. She currently serves as the court’s administrative judge. She was re-elected in 2010.

She recently announced she will retire in February 2017

Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Akron, the Distinguished Jurist Award from Ohio State University Law School, the Judicial Pioneer Award from the Akron Bar Association, the Pinnacle Award from the United Way of Summit County and Cleveland Magazine, and the Love Akron Unruh Servant Award.

Community service

Board member at the Akron Area Association of Churches, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Akron Bar Association, the Akron Community Foundation, Leadership Akron, Lawrence School, Old Trail School, Walsh Jesuit School, the national board of Christian Legal Society, and the Ohio Judicial College, where she also served as President of the Board of Trustees.

Judge Moore also volunteers with a local teen parents group, where she works in a nursery so that the parents can learn parenting and life skills.

She ministers to congregations throughout the country and, earlier this year, to congregations in rural Jamaica where her husband provided free dental services.

Family

Judge Moore is married to Dr. Dan Wilson, an Akron dentist.

The couple has two adult children — Dan is an accomplished jazz guitarist, who is touring the world and Michelle is a physician completing her ophthalmology residency in Pennsylvania.