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    “Justice Tempered with Faith” Guides

    St. Andrew’s Women’s Day Speaker



       Judge Frances E. McGee


    A judge who believes she should see God in the faces of defendants

    appearing in her court will share stories of “Justice Tempered with

    Faith,” during Women’s Day at St. Andrew’s (Evanston) Episcopal

    Church, located at 1809 Rutland Ave., on Sunday, September 21,

    10:30 a.m.   All are  welcome to attend.


    Judge Frances E. McGee, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas,

     is a native of Dayton and a graduate of the Dayton Public School

    System.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard

    University in Washington, D.C. and her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio

    State University Moritz College of Law.


    As an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, she served in the Adult Criminal,

    Juvenile, Civil, Intake and Criminal Non-Support Divisions.  She tried

    many difficult and high profile cases and is credited with prosecuting

    more than 100 jury trials.  She also served in a supervisory capacity as

    a Team Leader. 


    On June 21, 2007, former Governor Ted Strickland appointed Judge

    McGee to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.  In 2008,

    the citizens of Montgomery County elected her to serve a full six year

    term.  Judge McGee is one of 11 General Division judges who are

    responsible for overseeing all criminal felony cases and all civil cases

    with a jurisdictional amount greater than $15,000.00.  To date, she

    has presided over approximately 168 jury trials.


    Judge McGee, a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in

    Trotwood, is the daughter of daughter of the late Dayton Mayor,

    James H. McGee, the city’s first African-American to hold this office.   


    As a member of St. Margaret’s, she has assumed several leadership

    positions including service on the Vestry , co-chair of the church’s

    capital campaign and as a four term President of St. Margaret’s chapter

    of Episcopal Church Women.  Frances has also provided leadership on

    the diocesan level as a graduate of the Southern Ohio Lay Leadership

    Initiative (SOLLI), as a member of the Social Justice Ministry and as a

    lay member of the Ecclesiastical Court.


    A third generation Girl Scout, she has received numerous local and

    national honors from this organization, and was honored by the

    Dayton Daily News as a member of the 2013 class of Ten Top Women.

    She is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Celestine Cromartie and the late Dr.

    Junius E. Cromartie.  She is the wife of Mr. Michael Cromartie and the

    mother of Elizabeth Cromartie, a student at Wright State University and

    the family’s third generation member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,



    In her spare time, Frances enjoys reading, gourmet cooking, her

    sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, and creative writing.  She has had six

    articles published in the Angels on Earth, and Guideposts magazines

    including “Justice Tempered by Faith.”










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