Judge Lynn is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. She began practicing law in Cleveland in 1984. In 1993, at the age of 34, she was elected judge of The Cleveland Heights Municipal Court. While on the bench, Judge Lynn volunteered actively in her community creating innovative programs for young offenders such as Woman Talk, a program designed to intensively mentor young, at-risk girls.
In 2001, Judge Lynn became the host of the nationally syndicated show, Power of Attorney. During this time Judge Toler started work on her first book and served as a retired judge sitting by assignment in multiple jurisdictions throughout Ohio. In addition, she became an adjunct professor at Ursuline College.
Judge Lynn became the host of Divorce Court in 2006. In 2007, she expanded her television presence becoming the host of the prime time television show, Decision House. In 2008 and 2009, Judge Lynn was a bi-monthly contributor on News and Notes, a weekly news show on National Public Radio (NPR). In 2009, she became a co-executive producer of Wedlock or Deadlock, A new syndicated series based on a segment of Divorce Court.
Judge Lynn is the author of two books. Her first, My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius published in 2006, is a humorous memoir in which Judge Lynn recounts a childhood lived in the shadow of mental illness and provides a practical guide to the emotional lesson learned from that experience.
Her second book, Put It In Writing, co-authored with Deborah Hutchison, was published in September of 2009. It gives readers concrete, conflict-free solutions to the difficult situations that arise between family and friends.
Born on October 25, 1959, she has been married to Eric Mumford since April 1989. She has two sons and four stepsons.[box title="Awards" color="#344652"]
- Freedom Award, Philadelphia Chapter Martin Luther King Jr. — January, 2009
- Put It in Writing Finalist in two categories National Best Books — 2009
- My Mother’s Rules praised as “an awe-inspiring memoir” in Ebony Magazine — March 2007
- 2002 Domestic Violence Center Humanitarian Award — Cleveland, Ohio
- Named one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Law by The Cleveland Bar Association Cleveland Bar Journal — Vol. 70, No. 7 (May 1999).
- Endorsed by The Cleveland Plain Dealer 1994 and 2000 elections. Endorsed by Sun Press 2000 election.
- Named one of Cleveland’s Most Effective Female Speakers Cleveland Plain Dealer — July 27, 1999
- Recipient 1998 Judicial Excellence Award by Cleveland Heights Fraternal Order of Police