Bethany Bennett was appointed Magistrate of Clermont County Municipal Court in January 2022. Magistrate Bennett presides over the court’s criminal and traffic arraignment and bond hearing dockets, as well as bench trials regarding traffic offenses and court-monitored probation violations.
Magistrate Bennett is a Cincinnati native, and is an alumnus of William Mason High School. She attended Miami University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. After graduating college, she worked in human resources and interned with former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
While attending Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she interned, one summer, at the 12th District Court of Appeals in Ohio. She participated in the Street Law program, where she taught a course about law and government to high school students in underserved communities. She also worked with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. In 2008, she graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree and was admitted to the bar in both Wisconsin and Ohio.
In the summer of 2008, she began her legal career with Peeler, McGary & Zopff located in Mason, Ohio. She worked as an associate attorney under Robert Peeler, now Judge at Warren County Common Pleas Court. Her practice included the following areas: domestic relations, personal injury, criminal/traffic defense, estate planning, and small business representation.
In September 2009, she was appointed Prosecutor for Mason Municipal Court. Her responsibilities included the prosecution of all misdemeanor and traffic cases occurring in the City of Mason and Deerfield Township. Common cases she handled included: Operating a Vehicle under the Influence, Domestic Violence, Property Offenses, Drug Offenses and Sex Offenses.
As Prosecutor she conducted regular legal trainings for local law enforcement and assisted biannually with the Mason Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. For several years she also served as a legal advisor for the Mason High School Mock Trial team. While serving as prosecutor, she also maintained a private practice focusing on estate planning, small business representation and municipal civil cases.