Judge Francine B. Goldberg said being a judge in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court is not a job, but a mission.

 “I have invested in family issues my entire career, and now I strive to assist in creating long-term solutions for families in crisis,” she said. “Making a difference for a family or a child is incredibly impactful. I meet with many families, and have learned each one has distinct issues that must be resolved uniquely to ensure the future integrity of that family. Everything emanates from the foundation of the family and it is of vital importance to preserve and promote family stability.”

As a judge, Goldberg is involved with Ohio Judicial Conference, Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts Ohio Chapter, American Inns of Court, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and West Shore Bar Association. She also speaks to schools and organizations throughout the county about the responsibilities of her court.

“The organizations that I am most passionate about focus on those that benefit children – our most vulnerable community members,” she said. “We must always vigorously advocate for these children who need to be protected. Within this context, we need to recognize and appreciate the work done by Friendship Circle and the Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center.”

Goldberg said, “My family always emphasized giving back to the community and feeling that sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. As a result, from the time I was a teenager, I was involved with B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Beachwood High School Student Council, AIPAC in college, and I saw first-hand that taking an active role in the community could impact change in a positive way.”

“It is important to promote and maintain my culture and traditions. It has given me a sense of identity and I have never taken my Jewish heritage for granted. As others have said, ‘We all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. And those who come after us, will stand upon our shoulders.’ We have a responsibility to live up to the legacy of our ancestors and be role models for the younger generation in our community.”

Goldberg also noted that focusing on that heritage and giving back are part of who she is.

“My commitment and passion are part of the essence of who I am. I was taught that with hard work, perseverance and dedication that anything is possible and you can make a difference.” 

 – Amanda Koehn

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