Judge Lisa Coates has 18 years of experience as a Judge, including 4 years as an Administrative Judge.
Judge Lisa Coates established the court’s first and only specialized court docket called STRIDE (Successful Treatment Results In Developing Excellence). She has presided 11 years over this mental health court.
Judge Coates is active in numerous community groups, committees, and local schools because Judge Coates cares about serving the people.
In 2008, Judge Coates developed and implemented the first diversion program in the Stow Municipal Court. This diversion program continues to be the role model for other court diversion programs.
Judge Lisa Coates is an innovator of judicial programs that make a real difference for safer communities. These programs focus on helping those who struggle with mental health and drug and alcohol addiction. Programs focused on treatment and rehabilitation have better outcomes than imprisonment.
Judge Coates innovative accomplishments include:
Judge Coates’ Community Involvement
Judge Coates is an active supporter and advocate for the communities the court serves.
She makes it a priority to meet with local school districts and speak with high school students to educate them about the judicial system, community issues, safety, and civic responsibility.
Here are just some of the community groups in which she actively participates:
- Worship greeter at her church, Christ Community Chapel
- Cuyahoga Falls Rotary, member since 2003, Past President 2017-18
- Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, member
- Stow -Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, member
- SMF ROX program, member of the advisory committee
- Drug Safe Hudson, member of the advisory committee
- Friends of Scouting Steering Committee, member
- CVCA business mentor, 2016-2020
- Speaks annually at Buckeye Girl State
In March 2003, Lisa was appointed judge of the municipal court. She was elected to the same position in November 2003 and re-elected in 2009 and 2015.
Judge Coates is well respected within the court, the legal community, among law enforcement and community leaders.
Judge Coates also teaches on a regular basis at Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement personnel.
Judge Coates serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Stepping Up Initiative, and is a judicial mentor.
Lisa has held many prestigious positions within the legal community throughout her distinguished career:
- 18 years as Stow Municipal Court Judge (formally Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court)
- Assistant Summit County Prosecutor in the Criminal Division under Summit County Prosecutor Maureen O’Connor (now Chief Justice O’Connor).
- Judicial attorney for Judge John Adams at the Court of Common Pleas (now Federal District Judge Adams) doing legal research and writing for both criminal and civil cases.
- Department of Veteran Affairs and Social Security Administration attorney advisor to an administrative law judge.
- Intern at the United States Attorney’s Office both in Cleveland and Washington D.C.
- While in college and law school, Lisa was a member of the mock trial team representing her school in legal competitions.
Meet Judge Coates
Lisa and her husband, Steve have been married for 30 years and have three children. The oldest is currently in college pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and her twin daughters graduated from high school and are starting college this fall.
When Lisa is not serving the community as a Municipal Court Judge or serving in the communities, you will find her spending time with her family, gardening in her yard, swimming, and kayaking.
About Stow Municipal Court
The municipal court jurisdiction is comprised of 16 communities in Northeast Summit County.
The communities include:
Northfield Center Township