Schumacher Resigns Judgeship, Returns to Private Practiceon
May 30, 2017 - After six and a half years on the bench, District Judge Tracy Schumacher has submitted her letter of resignation to Governor Mary Fallin. Schumacher successfully campaigned for her seat in 2011 when it was vacated by longtime Cleveland County Judge Bill Hetherington. Schumacher explains that one of her goals when seeking the Judgeship was to streamline her dockets so as to promote efficiency and effectiveness for the attorneys and litigants. Providing stability in the Courthouse was also a goal. “Stability in the Courts means that cases move in an efficient and orderly manner, rulings are made based upon the facts present and not on outside factors, and citizens are allowed immediate access to the courts for their legal problems.” She is making this transition at a time that she believes District 21 is in good and stable hands. “The time is right for my family for me to return to the private practice of law.”
Schumacher will move forward by opening a law firm in partnership with Beth Stanley. Serving as a private practitioner before, from 2002 - 2010, Schumacher is looking to direct her skills beyond the courtroom and into the lives of those who need her help.
“I miss developing relationships with my clients and their families while engaged in their representation,” said Schumacher. “I’m sad to leave this dream job, but I’m excited to return to the private practice of law.”
Schumacher is confident that she’s leaving the court at a time there is ensured stability. She says the judges left on the bench share the same values she believes in and also strive to preserve the respectful treatment of litigants, citizens and attorneys.
Schumacher not only served as a District Judge but also as a Prosecutor for the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office from 1994-2002. As a former child abuse prosecutor, Schumacher set a goal moving the December jury term to late October. “No child should have to testify in court right before Christmas,” she said. She has been involved in the Norman community through Big Brothers Big Big Sisters, Women’s Resource Center, CASA, Middle Earth Child Development Center, Junior League and Assistance League.
The resignation is effective June 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., just one day before she is set to open her new law firm Schumacher & Stanley.