Court Staff

Court Administrator

Julie Kahrs Nessler, Esq.
(513) 946-3447

Julie Kahrs Nessler became the Court Administrator for the First District Court of Appeals in February 2021. Ms. Nessler brings more than 10 years of appellate experience to the position. She is responsible for the operation of the six-judge Court of Appeals for Hamilton County, Ohio.

Ms. Nessler began her appellate experience as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Twelfth District Court of Appeals, serving from 2011-2015. In 2015, Ms. Nessler joined the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office, where she was the appellate attorney for its juvenile division. In that capacity, Ms. Nessler represented youth charged with criminal offenses in Hamilton County Juvenile Court and on appeal.

During her tenure, Ms. Nessler also argued several cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. She also provided various trainings throughout the state on juvenile and appellate matters. Ms. Nessler was awarded the Noel E. Kaech Juvenile Defender Award in 2018 by the Ohio Public Defender for her impact and contribution to juvenile defense. Additionally, Ms. Nessler lent her experience in juvenile matters to various working groups aimed at creating systematic and legislative change for Ohio’s youth. Prior to focusing on appellate work, she worked as an associate attorney in a small civil litigation firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Nessler graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2006 with a degree in Political Science. In 2005, she interned with the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Ms. Nessler earned her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. During law school, she was an Associate Editor of The Capital University Law Review.

Ms. Nessler has been active in a numerous professional and civic organizations during her career. Currently, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association Appellate Practice Group. Ms. Nessler also serves as a volunteer for Hamilton County Youth Court. She serves as a repeat volunteer for local law school’s moot court competitions. Ms. Nessler is also a member of CBA and OACA. Finally, Ms. Nessler volunteers at her children’s school as part of their Club 21 Advisory Board.

Assistant Court Administrator

Angela Hayden, Esq.
(513) 946-3456

Angela Hayden became the Assistant Court Administrator in March 2021. She brings more than 20 years of legal practice experience and several years of administrative experience to the position. She assists Ms. Nessler in the overall operation of the Court.

Ms. Hayden’s legal experience includes criminal defense work and civil litigation. In the early part of her career, she worked as a judicial law clerk in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division. From there, she went into private practice at a large national law firm, eventually moving to a regional law firm. Immediately prior to coming to the Court, Ms. Hayden worked as the Administrative Director for a local nonprofit healthcare organization.

Ms. Hayden’s career highlights include several high-profile victories as a criminal defense attorney, along with numerous successes in the civil arena.

Ms. Hayden is a proud Cincinnati native and grew up on the West Side of the city. She obtained her B.A. in Communications from the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University) and her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law.

Appellate Mediator

Sarah M. Foster, Esq.
(513) 946-3457
Sarah M. Foster is the First District Court of Appeals’ Mediation Attorney. She coordinates the Court’s appellate mediation program and serves as the court mediator.

Prior to coming to the Court of Appeals, Ms. Foster served as a general division magistrate, staff attorney, and mediator for nine years at the Warren County Common Pleas Court. While at the trial court, she developed a court-sponsored mediation program and participated in the Ohio Supreme Court’s pilot projects to mediate protection order and foreclosure cases. Her experience at the trial court level gives her a unique perspective of the judicial system that she uses to assist parties in working toward resolution at the appellate level.

Ms. Foster has specialized mediation training in several areas: general civil, family/divorce, foreclosure, and civil stalking protection order cases. As a mediator, she guides parties through thoughtful discussions designed to help them explore creative options for case resolution.

Ms. Foster earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from Chase College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of The Northern Kentucky Law Review. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Public Information

Kevin Osborne
(513) 946-3496
Kevin Osborne joined the First District Court of Appeals in October 2021. He is responsible for the Court’s public relations duties, including creating and maintaining social media accounts and overseeing the development and implementation of its community engagement programs.

As part of this role, Mr. Osborne serves as a liaison between the Court, media, the Bar Association, community organizations, and the public.

Mr. Osborne has more than 30 years’ worth of professional experience in communications, most of it spent as a reporter and editor at various media outlets in Greater Cincinnati and Florida.

In addition to his media experience, Mr. Osborne has served as Director of Communications for the Cincinnati Mayor’s Office; Director of Community Relations for the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency; and Policy & Communications Manager for Cincinnati’s Community & Economic Development Department.