Constance is an attorney and activist. She is the former Co-Chair of the Ohio Green Party, and is running for Governor of Ohio. Constance Gadell-Newton was born in Belleville, Illinois. Raised by a nurse (mother) and teacher (step-father), Gadell-Newton experienced poverty as a child. Through hard work, Gadell-Newton’s parents were able to enroll her in Bishop Watterson, a private high school in Columbus, Ohio, which prepared her to graduate with honors from the Ohio State University with her B.A. in Philosophy and Women's Studies in 2002.
She studied Criminal Law at Pennsylvania State University and earned her J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2008. Constance started her experience in criminal law in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands, prosecuting war criminals. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in October, 2009 and currently practices criminal defense and juvenile law as managing partner of the Fitrakis & Gadell-Newton, LLC law firm in Columbus. Currently, Constance is an Attorney and Guardian ad Litem in private practice in the Franklin County Courts. She protects the rights of parents and children in abuse/neglect/dependency cases including the fundamental right to parent afforded to the people by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
She also protects the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions in her adult and juvenile misdemeanor and felony cases. Constance works as a Guardian and Attorney for teenage victims of human trafficking in the juvenile system. Below are some of the cases that Constance has worked on: The Attorney General Complaint which resulted in the re-organization of Antioch College. A similar Attorney General Complaint for Wilberforce University. Assistance to PASS activists to expose fraud and corruption in the NCLB tutoring program in Columbus City Schools. Occupy Columbus permitting. Bank Tour Protest. Representation of activists charged with criminal trespass, a case which went to trial. Representation of nine Earth First! activists at their arraignment and bond hearing on charges of criminal trespass in Washington County, Ohio for protesting the Green Hunter waste treatment facility. General Counsel for the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment and Ohio Rights Group.
Advocacy on behalf of prisoners facing Supermax solitary confinement. Authored the complaint to put Cynthia McKinney on the Ohio ballot for President of the United States. She also takes on many cases in general areas of the law, including Bankruptcy, Criminal Misdemeanors and Felonies, OVI and Traffic cases, Domestic Relations, and Landlord-Tenant cases. In her spare time, Constance is an avid cyclist and trapeze performer. Those activities support her efforts to live a healthy lifestyle which also includes her vegetarianism and urban gardening. Constance is a lifelong supporter of the arts, regularly attending art shows and music performances. She plays both acoustic and electric guitar, and is fluent in French. She currently resides with her domestic partner in Columbus’ historic Olde Towne East neighborhood.