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The Honorable C. Ellen Connally

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Potato Chips
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Potato Chips
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Judge C. Ellen Connally was born on January 26, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to George and Gwendolyn Johnson Connally. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and graduated from the Notre Dame Academy in Cleveland, Ohio in 1963. Connally received her B.S. degree in social studies from Bowling Green State University in 1967, and her J.D. degree from Cleveland State University in 1970.

In 1971, Connally was hired as a law clerk for Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals. From 1972 to 1979, she worked as a trial referee in the Probate Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. In 1980, Connally was elected a judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court and became the first African American female elected judge in Ohio without being first appointed. She was re-elected in 1985, 1991 and 1997.

In 1998, Connally received her M.A. degree in American history from Cleveland State University. She then went on to attend Akron University and completed all coursework towards a Ph.D. degree in American history.

In 2004, Connally retired from the Cleveland Municipal Court and ran for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. She then worked as an adjunct professor of history at Ursuline College from 2005 to 2006, and as a visiting and adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron College of Law from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, she was appointed special prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. In 2010, Connally was elected to the Cuyahoga City Council, the legislative branch of the county government, and was elected president of the council in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

Connally has served as president of the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University, president of the Board of Trustees of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio, vice president of the Board of Community Action Against Addiction, vice president for Traffic Safety - Greater Cleveland Safety Council, and president of the Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association. In addition, Connally served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Violent Crime, and on the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. She has also been a member of numerous boards, including the Cleveland Bar Foundation, the Cleveland Society for the Blind, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Theater, the Girls and Boys Club of Cleveland, and the Ohio Judicial College. A long time student of the Kennedy Assassination, Connally currently lectures on the subject in programs of continuing legal education and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Historical Society and the Cleveland State University Foundation Board.

Connally has received the 1997 Achievement Award from Cleveland State University’s History Department; a 1999 Certificate of Special Appreciation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving; the 2001 Alumni of the Year Award from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law; the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s John J. McMahon Outstanding Jurist Award; and 2004’s National Legacy Award, presented by Councilman Zachary Reed.

Connally lives in the Shaker Square area of Cleveland with her two rescue dogs. She is the mother of one son, Seth, an Iraq War Veteran.

C. Ellen Connally was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 14, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes how her maternal grandparents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her father's education at the Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her father's career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes how her parents met and their personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her father's career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers her family's first home in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her early education in Catholic schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers the politicians from Ohio during her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers the St. Thomas Aguinas School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her family's summer vacations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls her early political influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls her decision to attend Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers her first impressions of Bowling Green University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her activities at Bowling Green University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about the response to the Warren Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers graduating from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls the election of Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls a scandal in Mayor Carl Stokes' administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her experiences at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers her early legal career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her clerkship for Judge Alvin Krenzler
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls her election to the Cleveland Municipal Court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her early experiences as a judge
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally remembers a domestic violence case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls her motivation to run for judicial office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about ruling on prostitution cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her efforts to rule fairly as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about Carl Stokes' time as a judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her graduate studies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about prominent civil rights cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about Jefferson Davis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about Jefferson Davis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her campaign for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally recalls her experiences as a special prosecutor for Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about the discrepancies in criminal sentencing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her election as president of the Cuyahoga County Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her work with the Ohio Historical Society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her editorial work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally shares her views on the Ohio Democratic Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her concerns for the African American community in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally reflects upon the education system in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally reflects upon President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally talks about her relatives who passed for white
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable C. Ellen Connally describes how she would like to be remembered