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Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio honored with prestigious Thomas J. Moyer award

Judge's efforts on juvenile court bench 'greatly improved the administration of justice in Ohio'

From Staff Reports Published: October 5, 2016 12:00 AM
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Columbus -- Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas juvenile division was honored Sept. 15 as the recipient of the 2016 Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence at the Ohio Judicial Conference annual meeting in Columbus.

Ohio State Bar Association President Ronald S. Kopp presented the award.

"Judge Teodosio represents the sort of courage and commitment to community that Chief Justice Moyer exhibited," Kopp said. "Her tireless work on behalf of Summit County young people and her efforts to reform the juvenile justice system have greatly improved the administration of justice in Ohio and beyond."

The Moyer award was established in 2010 by the OSBA in honor of the late chief justice, who was posthumously given the inaugural award, to recognize a current or former Ohio state or federal judge who displays outstanding qualities of judicial excellence including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professionalism, ethics, creativity, sound judgment, courage and decisiveness.

Teodosio serves as judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, juvenile division. A 1982 graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, she served as administrative and presiding judge for the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court; as a magistrate and referee for the Akron Municipal Court; as an adjunct faculty member for paralegal programs at the University of Akron and Dyke College; and as an associate with Nukes and Perantinides Co., L.P.A. in Akron.

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The hallmark of Teodosio's tenure on the Summit County Juvenile Court bench has been her innovative approach to creating progressive programs and her ability to forge community partnerships, according to Summit County Juvenile Court special programs administrator Lisa DiSabato-Moore and outreach director Don Ursetti.

In the decade since her election to the juvenile court bench in 2003, she has received local, statewide and national recognition for her approach to juvenile dispositions and rehabilitation.

One of her unique programs is the Crossroads Program, a specialized docket for youth with co-occurring mental illness and/or substance dependence. Others include the Family Resource Center, which provides case management services linking youth and families with community services, and a New Paths Probation program for youth with developmental or delays.

Teodosio's court participates in the Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Crossover Youth Practice Model, developed by Georgetown University.

Due to her efforts, she has appointments to panels, committees, commissions and task forces across the state and the nation.

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The MacArthur Foundation appointed her to the Collaborative for Change Steering Committee, and awarded her its "Champion for Change" award for her work in the Models for Change Mental Health Juvenile Justice Action Network. She has served on the Columbia University's National Advisory Commission on Substance Abuse at America's High Schools and on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's Project SOS Judges Leadership Group.

Teodosio was named Ohio's Public Official of the Year by Ohio's chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as an outstanding alumna of the University of Akron's School of Law. She has received many awards, including the prestigious Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Award for Innovation, the St. Thomas More Award and the Peter Bommarito Community Award for Outstanding Voluntary Community Service. She was also named an ATHENA Award finalist by Inside Business Magazine.

Judge Beth Gill of the Franklin County Domestic and Juvenile Court credits Teodosio's leadership as one of the reasons that Ohio is fast gaining a reputation as a leader in juvenile justice reform.

She also notes that Teodosio is "always willing to humbly extend her leadership, guidance and wisdom to other juvenile judges and juvenile courts."

Teodosio is a member of the OSBA Board of Governors and a past president of the Akron Bar Association. She is married to Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Teodosio.

Their son, Christopher, is a practicing attorney, and they remember their late daughter through the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation.

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