The Honorable Randolph Baxter

A native of Columbia, Tennessee,. Judge Randolph Baxter is a retired U. S. Bankruptcy Judge of the Northern District of Ohio.

Initially appointed to serve a fourteen year term in 1985, he was reappointed to serve a second fourteen year term in 1999.  In 1996, he was appointed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to serve as a charter member of its Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.  In 2004, he was appointed to serve two terms as Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. Primarily appointed to handle cases filed in Cleveland, he also served as a visiting judge by assignment in Delaware, New York, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida.

Judge Baxter retired from the bench in 2011 after 26 years of years of Judicial service.

In addition to his Judicial duties,  Judge Baxter served on several civic and professional boards.  He taught the basic bankruptcy course and the advanced seminar in business reorganization at the University of Akron School of Law  (1989--1999).  He also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Kent State University, teaching a course in real estate law (1974--1978).

A former federal prosecutor with the U. S. Department of Justice (1978--1985), Judge Baxter also held memberships for several years with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and the Canada-U.S. Law Institute.

His military service included his combat service in Vietnam and Cambodia, where he served as a tank unit commander with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Vietnam war and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.  He resigned his officer commission as a U.S. Army captain in 1971 upon returning to civilian life.

Judge Baxter and his wife (Yvonne) are the very proud parents of four adult children and six grandchildren.

B.S. degree in Political Science, Tuskegee Institute (1967); J.D. degree in Law, University of Akron (1974).

President's Message

Dear NSMBA Members, Partners, and Sponsors,

It is with great pleasure, pride and excitement that I begin my term as President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA).

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The History of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA) was founded in 1980 as Cleveland's first full-fledged African American bar association. It grew out of the merger of four African American professional groups and is named in honor of one of Cleveland's foremost trial attorneys, African American attorney Norman Selby Minor.

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