Michael John Ryan is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division in Cleveland, Ohio.
Read Judge Ryan's alumni profile from Cleveland State University.
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“For individuals who have experienced some of the things I have or even worse, I hope that I offer an example of how you can overcome those challenges and be successful,” said Judge Ryan. “For those who have not experienced the things that I have and never will, I hope that they see a reason to not make any excuses as they work toward making their dreams come to fruition.”