Scalise is new UH city prosecutor

Stephanie B. Scalise

A former Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor, attorney Stephanie B. Scalise is the new city prosecutor and assistant law director for the city of University Heights. The first woman city prosecutor in the history of University Heights, Scalise replaces Michael K. Astrab, who recently accepted a private sector position.

“Ms. Scalise brings prosecutorial experience, thoughtful temperament, and a strong sense of justice to the position,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “I am delighted she accepted our offer to serve the residents of University Heights.”

Scalise is owner of Scalise Legal Services, where her litigation practice focuses on juvenile law, family law, criminal defense, and appeals. She is an advocate for children as guardian ad litem in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and the Domestic Relations Court.

Her other legal work includes partnering with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to provide representation to survivors seeking civil protection orders. As an assistant county prosecutor, Scalise worked in the General Felony Unit, the units for Children and Family Services, and the Juvenile Justice unit.

"University Heights is a beautiful community where diverse people are genuinely happy to live, work, and learn together,” Scalise said. “I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to serve a place I can be so proud of."

Scalise earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilson College as a double major in Legal Studies and History/Political Science. In addition, she studied at the University of Oxford.

Law Director Luke McConville appointed Scalise, upon the mayor’s recommendation. UH City Council approved the appointment at its Sept. 16 meeting.

Mike Cook

Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.24.2019