Prior to her election in 1996, Judge Dana Preisse was in private practice for over eleven years with an emphasis in litigation and family law. She was an active member of the Columbus Bar Association’s (CBA) Family Law Committee and volunteered in the CBA Lawyers for Justice program which provided free legal services to low income families. Preisse served for fourteen years on the Board for a United Way Agency, Traynor House, a half-way house for women. She received the “Forty Under Forty” Award in 1998, and served as the court’s Lead Juvenile Judge from 2002-2009..
She sits on both the Juvenile Law and Procedure and Domestic Law and Procedure Committees for the Ohio Judicial Conference.
She is a Trustee for the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges, on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges and a member of the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations.
She is a Board Member for the Center for Family Safety and Healing.
In 2002 Preisse spearheaded the first Drug Court in Franklin County – the Family Drug Court whose goal is to expedite the reunification of children with their parents in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases, by eliminating the drug and/or alcohol use, or to expedite a permanent placement for children whose parents are incapable of maintaining sobriety. She chaired an interdisciplinary team, Beyond the Numbers, designed to improve local practice in abuse, neglect, dependency cases. The Committee was successful in addressing delays in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases.
Preisse collaborated with the Franklin Park Conservatory to build raised-bed vegetable and herb gardens on-site at the Juvenile Detention Center. The beds will provide fresh produce to incorporate into the menu of the youth detained, who also help plant and maintain the garden.
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