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She wanted to be a musician. Instead, she became a groundbreaking judge in Ohio.

Law school wasn’t in the plans for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart when she graduated high school.

It was music.

“With a name like Melody, what else would I study in college?” Stewart said. “The only thing I wanted to study was music. That’s the only thing that interested me, that fascinated me.”

Stewart, 56, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, but the connection between music and a paycheck wasn’t a thought when she chose her major.


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