Baldwin Looks to ‘Hold the Ladder’ for the Next Generation

Judge Carla Baldwin, administrative and and presiding judge of the Youngstown Municipal Court, discusses the expectations she has for herself as a Black female judge.

“I was 12 when I decided I wanted to become a judge. I didn’t recognize there had never been a Black female who sat in this seat in Mahoning County,” Baldwin said. “I fought and I worked hard to get here. And it is my goal to build, to hold the ladder for the next generation.”

This was a portion from an interview for The Business Journal’s Navigators series. The full video can be found at

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