Judge Ethna Marie Cooper has been a Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judge since 2003.  In addition to her regular duties on the Court, she founded and has served as the Presiding Judge of the Hamilton County Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court since 2011.  This “special docket” court was the first Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court in the United States. This specialty docket assists veterans who come into contact with the criminal justice system by providing a comprehensive program to

rehabilitate these men and women who

served our country in the armed forces.


Currently, Judge Ethna Cooper is the

Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court of

Common Pleas and the Assistant

Administrative Judge of the Court of Common

Pleas General Division She is also the Chair

of the Court’s Personnel and Finance

Committee.  Judge Ethna Cooper served as a

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge from

2001 to 2003.  Prior to being elected to the

Municipal Court in 2001, she was a partner at

Thompson Hine LLP focusing on litigation.

Judge Ethna Cooper is a graduate of Smith College, Notre Dame Law School, and the Harvard Law School Program for Instruction of Lawyers.


She received the “Above and Beyond Award” for her work on the Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for her Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve Force.  She also received the “Award in Excellence Criminal Justice/Mental Health” from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for her work with veterans.


Judge Ethna Cooper is married and has three adult sons, an adorable infant granddaughter, and two rowdy but friendly dogs. 

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