Myra Torain Embry

Deputy Chief Magistrate

Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Division



Magistrate Embry graduated from the Case Western Reserve School of Law and began her legal career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. As a Legal Aid attorney, she fought to ensure access to justice to members of society who are of low income and traditionally underserved.

Magistrate Embry joined the Cleveland Housing Court in 2000. During her 20 year service as a Magistrate with the Housing Court, Magistrate Embry has presided over a wide variety of housing cases, presented at numerous seminars, including Cleveland Housing Court’s Landlord Clinics to educate landlords and tenants regarding their rights under Ohio’s Landlord Tenant Act, women’s shelter to prepare residents to successfully reenter and maintain rental housing, and has volunteered at various housing clinics to provide information and assistance to Cleveland and Bratenahl residents regarding housing related matter.

To better assist the legal community as well as the community as a whole, Magistrate Embry has also served on the Executive Committee for the Norman S. Minor Bar Association and was Board member of the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation. Magistrate Embry has also provided mentorship to numerous law students and youth seeking guidance and direction.

Magistrate Embry resides in Twinsburg Township with her husband of 23 years, Kevin. Her bucket list won’t be complete until she completes a food tour of Cleveland’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods!


2020 Honorees

In the history of the event, more than 350 Cuyahoga County residents have been honored as outstanding public servants, representing in total more than 8,500 years of exemplary public service. Their names are displayed on a distinguished plaque in the entry lobby of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse at One Lakeside Avenue.  

ThomasP. Arnaut, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Magistrate Gregory F. Clifford, Cleveland Municipal Court
Anita Cox, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court
Magistrate MyraTorain Embry, Cleveland Municipal Court, Housing Division
Laura Watling Jones, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Northern District of Ohio
John R. Kosko, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
Silvia I. Luna, Cuyahoga County Probate Court
Renee Mackey, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio
Tim McDevitt, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division 
Judi A. O'Leary, Cleveland Municipal Court, Clerk's Office
Billie Jo Woyma, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Clerk's Office