On October 3, 2018, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners appointed retired Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Nadine L. Allen to the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Judge Allen will serve a full seven-year term until Sept. 30, 2025. Judge Allen serves as Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Human Resources Committee, is a member of the Facilities and Finance and Audit Committee, and is on the Development Committee.
Judge Allen received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from J.D. Capital University Law School. She served at a Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge from 2009–2016 and as a Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge from 1987–2009. Before that, she worked as a trial counsel for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office and the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati. She formerly sat on the board of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Judge Allen is currently the Vice President of the Cincinnati Drifters Club. She also is an Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Instructor on Fairness and Access to Courts and a Mentor Judge. Her awards and recognition include the National Presidential Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, YWCA Women of Achievement, NAACP Lifetime Service Award, Outstanding Woman of the Year from the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, and Talbert House's Agnes Seasongood Award for public service in the health and human services field. She is a resident of Evendale.
“I have always loved libraries,” said Judge Allen. “From the age of nine years old, my family and I walked more than a mile in gleeful anticipation of getting books to read! I am very enthused about joining the Board of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, and supporting the great services it provides to the public.”