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Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio was elected to the Summit County Juvenile Court bench in 2003. She has received local, statewide and national recognition for her innovative programming and progressive approach to juvenile dispositions and rehabilitation. Among the unique programs she has introduced at the Summit County Juvenile Court are Restore Court, a program that addresses youth who become Court-involved but have been identified as victims of human trafficking; the Crossroads Program, a specialized docket designed for youth with co-occurring mental illness and/or substance dependence; the Family Resource Center which provides case management which links youth and families to support services in the community; and New Paths Probation for youth with developmental delays. The Court actively participates in the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and the Crossover Youth Practice Model developed by Georgetown University. The common thread woven through the development and implementation of these programs is Judge Teodosio’s penchant for bringing community collaborators to the table to help shape and implement programs that focus on the particular strengths and needs of children and families through the use of evidence-based and promising practices.

 Her efforts have led to several appointments to statewide and national panels, committees, commissions and task forces. They include a fellowship in the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. The MacArthur Foundation appointed her to the Collaborative for Change Steering Committee. She was member of Columbia University’s National Advisory Commission on Substance Abuse at America’s High Schools. She has served on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Project SOS Judges Leadership Group, and has presented for United States Congressional Briefings in Washington, D.C. on issues of juvenile justice reform and Medicaid reforms that would assist youth.

Judge Teodosio’s work on the Juvenile Court bench has been extensively recognized. In September 2016, she received the Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence from the Ohio State Bar Association. She has been honored by both the Ohio Juvenile Court Judges and Magistrate’s Associations with their Judicial and Distinguished Services Awards, respectively. She was named Ohio’s Public Official of the Year by the state’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and she was named an Outstanding Alumna of the University of Akron’s School of Law. In late 2012, Judge Teodosio received the prestigious Award for Innovation from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. In 2010, she received the MacArthur Foundation’s “Champion for Change” Award for her work in the Models for Change Mental Health Juvenile Justice Action Network. Judge Teodosio was honored by the Diocese of Cleveland with the St. Thomas More Award which is awarded annually at the Red Mass in recognition of the virtues of integrity and public service that reflect those of Thomas More. She was named and Athena Finalist by Inside Business Magazine in 2014 and received the 2014 Peter Bommarito Community Award for Outstanding Voluntary Community Service from the Tri-County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO in cooperation with United Way of Summit County.

Judge Teodosio is married to General Division Common Pleas Judge Thomas Teodosio. Their son, Christopher, is a practicing attorney who makes his home in Summit County with his wife, Katherine and their daughter, Charlotte. They remember their late daughter through the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation.

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 Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:18