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Former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pauline Tarver Dies!

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Posted August 1st 2017


 Pauline Tarver, a former Cleveland Municipal Court judge and executive director of the local chapter of the NAACP, died Wednesday at the age of 63.

Memorial services are scheduled Aug. 5 at Antioch Baptist Church.

Tarver served two terms as a Cleveland Municipal Court judge from 2004 until 2016 and was the executive director of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP from 1982 through 2003.

She graduated from John Carroll University and went on to the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.

Tarver’s early career and volunteer work touched many aspects of the law enforcement and justice fields, including work with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Women Together and the Battered Women’s Shelter, according to a University of Akron profile.

Though she was defeated by Judge Ed Wade during her 2015 bid for re-election, Tarver filed to run for a third term in office last month. She had hoped to unseat Judge Michael Sliwinski, who was appointed to Wade’s seat following Wade’s death in September 2016.

Tarver’s death on Wednesday drew condolences from prominent Cleveland figures who encountered her throughout her decades of public service and advocacy work.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge said she knew Tarver for many years and considered her a friend.

“From her days with the NAACP to her time on the bench, she always looked out for the ‘little guy.’  Judge Tarver was hard-working, upstanding, and caring – a true guardian of the law,” Fudge said Friday in a news release.

James Hardiman, president of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP, weighed in as well, calling Tarver a tireless advocate who was never deterred by a challenge.

“In fact, the more difficult the challenge, the more likely her victory,” Hardiman said.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson called Tarver a champion of civil rights.

“Judge Tarver gave her time and talents to our city, leading the Cleveland NAACP, advocating for victims of crime,” Jackson said Friday in a statement. “She was a respected public servant, colleague and friend. She will be missed.”

Memorial services will be held Aug. 5 at Antioch Baptist Church at 8869 Cedar Avenue. Her wake is scheduled for 10 a.m. and services will begin at 11 a.m.

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