David D. White Award Recipient - Capital University Law School

David D. White Award Recipient


    McIntosh    Judge Stephen L. McIntosh is a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While in law school, he served as the President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and a member of student government. He began his legal career as an assistant city prosecutor in 1984. He later served under Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown, and went on to private practice for several years. In 1997 Columbus City Attorney Janet Jackson appointed Judge McIntosh Chief Prosecutor, a position he held until assuming the bench in 2007. Currently, Judge McIntosh serves as the Drug Court judge in the TIES (Treatment is Essential to Success) program for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

    Judge McIntosh is a past president of the Columbus Bar Association. He is a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association where he serves on the Board of Governors and the Council of Delegates. 

    As a member of the OSBA he served on the Legal Ethics Committee. He is a past member of the District 10 Pro Bono Committee and former chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. He has also facilitated numerous Bench Bar Conferences on behalf of the OSBA.

    As a member of the CBA he has served on the Columbus Bar Association’s Racial Profiling Task Force, Domestic Violence Task Force and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

    Judge McIntosh served as chair of the Supreme Court Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System. He currently serves on the Ohio Sentencing Commission. He previously served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution, the CLE Commission, the Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency, the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services and the co-chair of the Joint Task Force to Study the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. 

    He has authored two articles for the Columbus Bar Association, “Straight Talk About the Law, the Role of the Public Prosecutors,” May 2002 and another on the role of Plea Bargaining, in criminal cases in 2004. 

    He has been recognized by Columbus Monthly Magazine and Who’s Who Among African Americans in Central Ohio.

    He served as a member of the United Way’s Race Relation Vision Council, is currently a board member with Alvis House, the Gahanna YMCA and served as the legal advisor for the Marion Franklin High School Mock Trial team for 15 years.

    In 2001 Judge McIntosh was appointed Special Prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati in the case of City of Cincinnati v. Stephen Roach. This case involved the shooting of a young African American male, which sparked days of rioting within the City of Cincinnati. 

    Judge McIntosh was born in Columbia South Carolina. He attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg South Carolina. He has been married 32 years to Dr. Sara A. McIntosh, MD. They have three children Tyler, Phillip and Lillian. He serves as a Deacon at the Second Baptist Church.