University Heights has hired its first female prosecutor, Stephanie B. Scalise, according to a news release from the city.
She is a former Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor and will replace 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,” University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan stated in the release. “I am delighted she accepted our offer to serve the residents of University Heights.”
Scalise is the owner and attorney at law at 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, as well as 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 stated in the release. “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 in Cleveland. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in legal studies and history/political science from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. She also studied at the University of Oxford in England.
Scalise was appointed by Law Director Luke McConville, upon recommendation of the mayor. Her appointment will become official upon approval of city council at its Sept. 16 meeting.