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Judge Kathleen L. Giesler

Judge Kathleen L. Giesler is the judge of the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court.   She is the first woman to be elected to judicial office in Ottawa County.   Prior to her election in 2002, Judge Giesler served as Magistrate of the Common Pleas Court, General Division, for twelve years.   She has been active in numerous professional and community organizations.

Legal Experience

  • Judge, Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court, 2003 to present
  • Magistrate, Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, General Division and Probate/Juvenile Divisions, 1991-2003
  • Attorney, private practice of law, 1983-1991
  • Former court reporter

Honors and Awards

  • Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light Award, 2011
  • Flagship Award, Port Clinton City School District, 2008
  • Community Builders Award, Oak Harbor Masons, Lodge 495, 2007
  • Honorary Member, Delta Kappa Gamma (Honor Society of Women Educators), 2007
  • Meritorious Service Awards, Ohio Association of Probate Judges, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • CASA Appreciation Award, 2004
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Woodmore High School Hall of Fame, 2004
  • Public/Government Service Award, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2002
  • Esquire Award, Ottawa County Bar Association, 2002
  • Community Partner Award, Children’s Action Network, 2001
  • Honorary 4-H Member of the Year Award, Ottawa County 4-H Program, 2001

Professional Organizations

  • Ohio Association of Probate Judges, Past President
  • Ohio Association of Juvenile Judges, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Ohio Judicial Conference, Member, Probate Law and Procedure, Juvenile Law and Procedure
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
    Member, Advisory Committee on Case Management
    Member, Juvenile Judges Curriculum Committee
    Faculty Member, Ohio Judicial College
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    Member, Council of Delegates
    Past Chair, Screening Committee, Juvenile Law Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • American Judges Association
  • Ottawa County Bar Association, Past President
  • Ottawa County CASA, Ex Officio Member
  • Joyful Connections, Advisory Member

Other Professional Activities

  • Speaker on law-related matters to bar association, community organizations, law enforcement and school districts
  • Judge of county-wide fifth grade mock trial program
  • Bowling Green State University, Firelands, former instructor
  • Organizer of court-connected mediation program
  • Spokesperson, Ottawa County Parents’ Week
  • Ottawa County Task Force on Aging

Community Activities

Founding Member, Trustee and Past Chairman, Ottawa County 4-H Endowment Fund;   Speaker for area churches and organizations;   Church Council, past president;   Member – Riverview Auxiliary, Ohio Farmer’s Union, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ottawa County Township Trustee Association, Ottawa County Historical Society, Ohio Star Quilt Guild, Port Clinton Kiwanis Club



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