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Frederick Dickson Nelson

Frederick Dickson Nelson, American judge. Bar: Ohio 1984. Harry S. Truman Foundation scholar, 1978-1981.


  • Nelson, Frederick Dickson was born on October 19, 1958 in Cleveland. Son of David Aldrich and Mary Ellen (Dickson) Nelson.

  • Education

    • AB, Hamilton College, 1980. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1983.


    • Majority counsel subcommittee on criminal law United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, 1983-1985. Special assistant to assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Policy United States Department Justice, 1985-1986, deputy assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Policy, 1986-1987. Associate Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Cincinnati, 1988-1989, of counsel, 1991-1993.

      Associate counsel to President of the United States The White House, Washington, 1989-1990. Advisor to governments of Ukraine and Russia, American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative, 1992-1993. Adjunct professor constitutional law Salmon P. Chase College Law, University Northern Kentucky, 1994.

      Chief of staff, legal council United States Republican Steve Chabot, 1995-1997. Consultant Constnl. Commission Albania, per International Republican Institute, 1998. President Civic Solutions, LLC, Cincinnati, 1998-2002.

      Co-creator, panelist Hotseat, Station WCPO-television, (Cincinnati Channel 9), 2000-2002. Judge Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, since 2003.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Ohio 1984.


    • Executive editor Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1982-1983.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member Hamilton County Republican Policy and Appts. Committees, 1999-2002. Consultant Chabot for Congress Campaign, Cincinnati, 1994, 98.

    Member Ohio Board Uniform State Laws, National Conference Commissioners on Unifort State Laws, 2001-2007. Member National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Ohio Valley chapter), Federalist Society, Harvard Club. of Cincinnati (board directors 1989, 2001-2005), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • father: David Aldrich Nelson
    • mother: Mary Ellen (Dickson) Nelson
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    Born October 19, 1958
    (age 59)