Judge Teodosio to deliver speech at University of Akron forum

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Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio will be an afternoon keynote speaker on Feb. 7, 2014 as part of the University of Akron’s annual “Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond” forum.

The topic of her address will be Summit County Initiatives to Remediate Disproportionate Minority Contact and Confinement in the Juvenile Justice System. Now in its fifth year, The University of Akron offers this forum where race and race-related issues are discussed and examined through a variety of events, such as keynote speakers, “Face-2-Face” conversations, and film.

Judge Teodosio was elected to the Summit County Juvenile Court bench in 2003. Her administration of the Juvenile Court has received widespread attention for its innovative approach, particularly in the areas of alternative sentencing and enhanced programming. In 2010, Judge Teodosio collaborated with The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) to launch the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives (JDAI) in Summit County. Thus far, the collaborative partnership has led to significant advancements to the local juvenile justice process.

Her efforts have received local, statewide and national recognition, as well as several appointments to statewide and national panels, committees, commissions and task forces. Among them is a fellowship in the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and an appointment to the MacArthur Foundation Collaborative for Change Steering Committee in 2013.

Statewide and locally, Judge Teodosio 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 School of Law. 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’s speech will be held in the University of Akron Student Union Room 335 from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014. There is no cost to attend. For a comprehensive calendar of all “Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond” forum events, you are asked to visit: http://www.uakron.edu/race/index.dot

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