Candidate Profiles

Carly Edelstein

Candidate for:
Tenth District Court of Appeals

Undergraduate Education:
Brown University, Providence, RI
BA, Public Policy and American Institutions

(Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
MA, Education Policy and Administration)

Legal Education:
University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA
JD, magna cum laude

Legal Experience:
Supervising attorney and appellate attorney at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Legal Services Manager at Equitas Health, Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, Law Clerk to the Honorable Eric L. Clay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Candidate Statement:

(In response to the question, "Please explain why you believe you are qualified for the judicial position for which you are seeking election.")

I am a career appellate public defender at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, where I fight for the rights of people who cannot afford an attorney. I supervise a team of appellate attorneys and carry my own caseload. I have litigated appellate cases in courts of appeals throughout the state and in the Ohio Supreme Court. I am the only Tenth District Court of Appeals candidate whose career has focused on appellate litigation on behalf of marginalized communities. My appellate public defender practice and my experience clerking for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals make me uniquely qualified to appreciate the gravity of this court's decisions. Through all of this work, I have gained the skillset necessary to handle the day-to-day work of an appellate judge and give every case the thoughtfulness and respect it deserves.

Through my many experiences in education, civil rights law, and public defense, I have seen where the system has worked and where justice has not been done. I am running for the court of appeals because I believe a diversity of perspectives and experiences will help our courts succeed at achieving justice. Through my work across Ohio's appellate districts, I have gained unique insight on ways Ohio's courts best serve our communities and where there exists opportunity for improvement.

Columbus Bar Association
2022 Judiciary Committee Finding:

5 stars (what does this mean?)

Columbus Bar Association
Judicial Poll Results:

2022 Judicial Preference Poll

Running Against:
Keith McGrath

The Columbus Bar Association does not endorse any judicial candidate.