Judge Pater has been a common pleas court judge since 2003. From 1997 through 2002 he served as magistrate in the Butler County Probate Court. Between 1994 and 1997, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney and, at the same time, maintained a private law practice. From 1976 through 1994 he taught and coached in the New Miami and Hamilton public schools.
Judge Pater was born in Hamilton and grew up there. He was educated in the Hamilton public schools, where he excelled academically and athletically. In 2005 he was inducted into the Hamilton City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. His college education was from Northwestern University, Cincinnati Christian University (B.A. and M.A.), Miami University (M.A.T.), and Chase College of Law (J.D.).
Judge Pater is a member of the Butler County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. He is a member of the Butler County Criminal Justice Board and the Civil Law and Procedure Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference. He serves on the Judicial Advisory Board overseeing the Community Correctional Center. He volunteers frequently as a judge for high school and college mock trial competitions.
Judge Pater has a special interest in the relationship between the religious and philosophical beliefs of our nation’s founders and the constitutional republic they created. He lectures, upon occasion, on the historical setting and original meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.