The Honorable Timothy S. Black was sworn in as United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on June 21, 2010 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in December 2009 and confirmed by the Senate in May 2010.
A graduate of Harvard University in English and American literature, Judge Black began his career as a teacher at the Roxbury Latin School and the Seven Hills Schools as he earned his J.D. degree at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He then joined the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP in 1983, becoming a partner in 1990. In 1994, he left the firm to become a Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge. After 10 years on the Municipal Court bench, he became a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District Ohio.
Throughout his career, Judge Black has made significant contributions to the greater Cincinnati bar and community. He has served for the past ten years as co-convener of the BLAC- CBA Round Table, a joint program of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association, advancing opportunities for minority attorneys. He has also been an integral part of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), enabling attorneys to hone their leadership skills. He has served on the CALL steering committee for ten years, including three years as the chair.
Judge Black is also the founder and was the lead convener of the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; served on the steering committee of the Hamilton County Family Violence Prevention Planning Project; served as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline; and has worked for organizations supporting summer school programs, Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, adoptive parents, abused and neglected children, and health care. In 2009, Judge Black was the recipient of the Themis Award, the highest honor bestowed by the CBA for extraordinary service to law and the community.