Ohio governor John Kasich announced on Friday the appointment of Raymond C. Headen of Richmond Heights as a judge on the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

Headen will be replacing Judge Melody Stewart, who was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in November.

Headen's term will begin on January 3, 2019. He'll need to run in the 2020 election to retain the seat through the remainder of its unexpired term, which ends on January 1, 2023.

Headen is currently serving as a member of Headen & Co. LLC, which is located in Beachwood. After graduating from University School in 1978, he earned his bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1982 and a  law degree from the Universtiy of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987.

Headen's previous experience includes time as counsel with Bricker & Eckler LLP, partner with (nka) Ice Miller LLP as well as Thomas Hine LLP, and general counsel to State of Ohio Treasurer J. Kenneth Blackwell. He is also a member of the Greater Ohio Steering Committee, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP.