Ann Marie Tracey, J.D.

Professor, Legal Studies & Pre-Law / Judge

Ann Marie Tracey is an associate professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Co-Director of the Cintas Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the Xavier University Williams College of Business. She joined Xavier after retiring from the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas in 2003. She teaches undergraduates in The Legal Environment of Business (BLAW 300), and MBA students in Business Law and Ethics (BUAD 600). She will be initiating a course in 2010 addressing the legal and regulatory issues in health care. In 2004 she was named the Williams College of Business “Teacher of the Year, and in 2007 the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association awarded her a “Distinguished Alumna Award.”

The first woman on the Hamilton County Ohio Court of Common Pleas General Division bench, Ann Marie served there over 14 years. During that time she actively engaged in promoting the judicial system and legal education. Prior to her judicial career, Judge Tracey served ten years as an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. She was the lead prosecutor on cases involving the collapse of the Ohio’s savings and loans in the 1980’s. She also served as an Assistant City Solicitor for Cincinnati’s Consumer Protection Division and as an Assistant City Prosecutor.

From 2004-2009 Prof. Tracey served as on the Ohio Ethics Commission, which enforces ethics laws for Ohio’s public officials and employees and is recent past Chair. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown appointed her in 2009 to serve on the selection Task Force for the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshall for the Northern District of Ohio. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer appointed her to serve on the Supreme Court Task Force to Review the Ohio Disciplinary System for judges and lawyers. She chairs the Process Committee; it is reporting recommendations to the Supreme Court in 2010. Judge Tracey also serves on the Ohio State Bar Association Judicial Election Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee, and the Talbert House Board.

In addition to her service to the public and the legal profession, Judge Tracey has lent her efforts to champion issues relating to diversity and chemical dependency. An early voice on victim’s rights and domestic violence, Judge Tracey chaired the Victim’s Assistance Task Force, which was the model for Hamilton County’s Victim Witness Program, and helped found the Alice Paul House, the Hamilton County shelter for battered women. She served on the boards of the National Association of Women Judges, Ohio Women’s Bar Association, the Greater Cincinnati YWCA, Friends of Women’s Studies at UC and the AVOC advisory board. She was a principal on the Ohio Supreme Court Gender Fairness Task Force, which formulated strategies to enhance opportunities for women in the legal profession. In 1991, the YWCA honored Judge Tracey as Cincinnati Career Woman of Achievement.

Judge Tracey teaches and writes on topics including discrimination, ethics, professionalism and substance abuse, and business law. She served on the faculties of the National Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial College, and coordinated judicial education for Ohio judges as a board member for the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. Her work chairing the Ohio Supreme Court’s Future Commission’s Task Force on Juries and Trials recommended changes in how courts address jury issues, such as juror note-taking. Ann Marie has served on the boards of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, Council on Child Abuse, Council on Alcoholism, and UC Law Alumni Association, and co-chaired planning for the Ohio Bench Bar Conference.