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Candidate for Re-election as Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge

The Fourth District Court of Appeals encompasses Scioto, Pike, Ross, Pickaway, Highland, Adams, Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Hocking, Jackson, Vinton, Athens, and Washington counties.


Educational Background & Licenses

  • J.D. from the Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law 1994

  • B.A. in Political Science from Miami University 1991

  • Waverly High School graduate 1987

  • State of Ohio

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky

  • United States Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Courts--Southern District of Ohio & Eastern District of Kentucky


Work Experience

  • Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeals

  • Former Magistrate for Portsmouth Municipal Court

  • Former Law Director for Waverly

  • Former Solicitor for Piketon

  • Former Contract attorney for the Ohio Public Defender’s office serving in Pike and Adams Counties

  • Private Attorney: Hoover Law Group, LLC: private practice for approximately 18 years prior to being elected judge where she practiced in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and Kentucky doing jury trials and bench trials and having a general practice.

  • Professor /adjunct faculty member for Shawnee State University teaching research and writing, real estate law, business law, and probate, wills, and trusts law.


Professional Service

  • Trustee for the Fourth District for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association

  • Designee for Judicial Campaign Grievances pursuant to Gov. Jud.R.11.

  • She has served on various committees for the Ohio Judicial Conference: Criminal Practice and Procedure (currently); Domestic Relations, (currently);  Public Confidence and Community Outreach (currently); Court Technology, and 

  • Appellate Practice and Procedure 

  • American Judges Association

  • American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Scioto County Bar Association, Lawrence County Bar Association

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

  • Executive Committee Member of the Ohio Association of Appellate Judges

  • League of Women Voters



  • Judge Hoover was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2017.

  • She completed the Ohio Women Bar Foundation’s Leadership Institute  in the Class of 2016-2017.

  • She also attended the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2017 Summit under a full tuition scholarship.

  • During her time on the court, Judge Hoover has also sat by assignment in multiple appellate districts.

  • She has sat on the Ohio Supreme Court as a visiting judge  by assignment of the Chief Justice.

  • She has taught continuing legal education seminars in Hocking County and Athens County; and she has been a guest speaker for various organizations and events.



  • Married to Attorney R. Tracy Hoover. They have  two sons, Nate and Nick. Nate (19) is a graduate from Shawnee State University and will be entering Toledo University School of Law in August 2018. Nick (18) is a senior at Shawnee State University studying biomedical sciences. He plans to attend medical school.

  • Judge Hoover is the daughter of the late Estelito A. Moraleja, M.D. and Cora Moraleja; and she has two older brothers.

  • She was a captain of the varsity cheerleading squad at Miami University.

  • Judge Hoover and her two sons have been team members of A.K.J.U. (American Karate and Jujitsu Union) Team America.

  • She is a third-degree black belt in Shotokan karate. She has been an assistant karate instructor; she has won numerous national and international competitions, including the U.S. Open in 2008 in traditional forms; she has also  been a judge in various local, state, national, and international karate competitions.

  • Judge Hoover has training from Tactical Defense Institute in Level I-III Handgun Training and close quarters personal control Level I-II; She has also had training from ZNN Tactical Training Team LLC in impact weapons for self-defense and CCW Handgun Retention Concepts.

  • She enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, practicing yoga, and running marathons and other shorter distances. Judge Hoover runs daily with her German Shepherd, Katana.

  • Judge Hoover is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star--Lucasville Chapter No. 495

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