Meet the first Egyptian-American judge elected in US
The Egyptian-American Sherrie Micheal Miday was sworn in as a newly elected judge, after winning the elections on the Cuyahoga County Board in Ohio, to become the first ever Egyptian judge in a United States court.
“It’s been a long journey, but together we crossed the finish line; thanks to all of your prayers, support and encouragement, the ‘Friends of Sherrie Miday for Judge’ won the election.
“The real work begins now in service to the citizens of Cuyahoga County; thank you again for your support,” Miday wrote on her official Facebook page.
Miday said that she is proud of being Egyptian, especially that during the elections she was slammed for being an Arab and many people were labelling her a “terrorist Arab”. In 2014, she was a candidate for the same court, but she was defeated in the general election.
The 40-year old judge was born and raised in Cleveland, where she graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998 and received her Juris Doctor degree from the same university in 2001.
From being a judicial staff attorney for the court, Miday sought to be elected judge, especially as she had a long experience with the law, having served as a labor and employment attorney; a domestic violence prosecutor; and currently, a mortgage litigator with the firm of Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, specializing in foreclosure litigation and creditor’s rights law.
Bieng a mother of three kids was not a barrier for Miday to reach her dream. Her interest in civic life began at a very early age as her father is the Reverend Mikhail Edward Mikhail, who was the 8th Coptic Orthodox priest ordained to serve a growing Coptic congregation in the USA.
“My father’s nearly 40 years of service is a tremendous inspiration to me, my husband and our three children. He could not do it, however, without the support of my mother, whose love for her church, community and family is incredible,” Miday said on her official website.