JUDGE LINDA TUCCI TEODOSIO BIOGRAPHY

LTT 002Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio graduated summa cum laude from The University of Akron in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education before pursuing her Juris Doctor from the university’s School of Law, which she received in 1982.

Judge Teodosio entered private practice after graduation. She also served as a Magistrate in Akron Municipal Court and as staff attorney for the 9th District Court of Appeals. In 1997, she was elected Judge in the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court where she served until her election as Judge for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division. She began her administration of the Court on January 1, 2003.

Her administration of the Juvenile Court has inspired widespread attention for its innovative approach, particularly in the areas of alternative sentencing and enhanced programming. Judge Teodosio’s concept of integrating mental health issues as a causal element in the genesis and treatment of substance abuse has gained national notoriety for the Court’s Crossroads Program. Among the other programs she has launched are the Family Resource Center, which provides case management and referral services for youth and their families facing the challenges of teen pregnancy, domestic violence, school-to-work and re-entry into the community following a commitment in a juvenile corrections facility. Additionally, she has implemented the Special Community Service Project, where misdemeanants are ordered, as part of their community service, to earn money to purchase toys, food and school supplies which will be given to the needy, and the Court in the Community, where curfew violators and truants have their hearings conducted in neighborhood community centers or their schools. Other programs and initiatives introduced to the Court by Judge Teodosio are Teen Court, the expansion of the Court library and subsequent reading and tutoring programs, a firearm education program and Project: Greenhouse Affect where youth in detention are taught the methods of gardening and landscaping.

In late 2007, the State of Ohio learned it was one of four states selected as a pilot state for the Models of Change Program coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and funded by a $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The state was required to choose a county with which to collaborate. In its grant application, the State specifically noted the Summit County Juvenile Court as an agent of progressive programming. It stated, “Under the leadership of Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, the Court is more than a mechanism of punishment for youthful offenders who enter the juvenile justice system.” Judge Teodosio was also selected to be part of the Models for Change National Leadership Team and in January 2010, she was appointed to an advisory committee empanelled by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University which will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the problem of substance use and dependence at America’s high schools. In July 2011, she became the first representative from Ohio to be invited to participate in Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s Certificate Program. Upon completing the intensive, week-long course, Judge Teodosio earned a place in the Center’s exclusive Fellows Network.

Her performance on the bench has gained extensive notice. She has received awards from professional and judicial associations, faith-based groups, social service agencies, educational institutions, fraternal organizations and philanthropic foundations, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. She has also received citations from the Ohio General Assembly and Summit County Council for her exemplary performance on the Juvenile Court bench. Judge Teodosio was also named one of the most influential women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live magazine.

Judge Teodosio has served as a member or volunteer for over 50 civic and professional organizations, boards and committees, including President of the Board of Governors for the Akron Bar Association Foundation and The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association. In 2008, Judge Teodosio served as President of the Akron Bar Association. She has also been a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Catholic Youth Organization, First Friday Club of Greater Akron and the county's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.

She was re-elected to a second term in November 2008. Her husband, Thomas, a 1982 graduate of the University of Akron's School of Law, is an attorney and past president of Summit County Council. In November 2006, he was elected as Judge in the General Division of Summit County Common Pleas Court and began his tenure on the bench in May 2007. They make their home in Munroe Falls.

Please click here for a full list of awards Judge Teodosio has received since beginning her administration of the Summit County Juvenile Court.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 17:07