Judge Eileen Paley has been an advocate for justice, safe neighborhoods, and the arts community since she began serving her community in 2009. She was on Columbus City Council from 2009 until 2015 when the voters elected her a Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Judge Paley serves on the Probation Committee, the Rules and Policy Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, and the Courthouse Renovation Committee for the Franklin County Municipal Court. She strives for alternatives to jail and has helped several first of their kind programs at the court, including CAP IT, a domestic violence program for the LGBTQ community, and MAT, a medically assisted treatment program.
An attorney with more than three decades of experience in private practice, Judge Paley practiced in many areas including but not limited to: criminal, civil, landlord tenant, real estate, zoning, criminal, consumer, juvenile, construction law, and corporate law. While on Columbus City Council Judge Paley was the chair of the Administration, Judiciary & Court Administration, Veterans' Affairs, Public Service and Transportation, Utilities, and Community Relations Committees, bringing to her public service a thorough understanding of the law and firsthand experience with the challenges facing the community.
Shortly after beginning her service on Council, Judge Paley helped lead the city’s partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Franklin County Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office, and ADAMH to establish two specialty dockets in the Municipal Court: the Solicitation Program and the Addiction Program. The dockets provide fair and adequate treatment responses to non-violent defendants who exhibit histories of alcohol, chemical dependence, or solicitation. Since that time the Municipal Court has adopted six special entity dockets serving the community. Judge Paley’s mantra was and is “saving money while saving lives.”
Prior to assuming office, Judge Paley served as a commissioner for the Columbus Civil Service Commission. She has served on numerous boards of directors and held leadership positions with many organizations including the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Neighborhood House, the National Council of Jewish Women, Dynamic Leadership, Inc., the Columbus Area Labor Management Committee, and the Legal Task Force of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence.
Judge Paley is a proud resident of Columbus, Ohio and graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School. She lives on the Far East Side of Columbus with her husband Brian and six cats. In her free time, Judge Paley enjoys the arts and spending time with her large immediate and extended families.