The Honorable Thomas A. Teodosio
Judge Thomas A. Teodosio graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979. Thereafter, he received a Juris Doctor Degree from The University of Akron School of Law in 1982. That same year Judge Teodosio was admitted to the Ohio bar as well as the bar for the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. In 1986 he was authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court.Prior to beginning his judicial career, Judge Teodosio was in the private practice of law for 25 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Teodosio, Manos & Ward where he started his legal career in 1982. His law practice was general in nature, but focused heavily on trial work, both civil and criminal, including capital litigation. While in private practice, he served on the Summit County Trial Lawyers Association Board of Trustees and was a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. As an attorney, Judge Teodosio participated in programs that provided pro-bono legal services at the Hospice Care Center and through the Western Reserve Volunteer Legal Services.
In November 2000, Judge Teodosio was elected to serve on Summit County Council and won re-election in 2004. He was elected as President of Council in 2003 and was twice chosen to serve as Vice President. While on Council, he chaired the Finance, Public Works and Public Safety Committees and served as Vice Chairman of the Planning, Buildings and Economic Development Committee. As a Councilman, Judge Teodosio chaired the Summit County Predatory Lending Task Force and sponsored many pieces of legislation, including the creation of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.
In November 2006, Judge Teodosio was elected Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge. The General Division Judges elected Judge Teodosio as the Presiding Judge for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In addition to his regular general division docket, Judge Teodosio presides over the Summit County Felony Drug Court which is now named "The Turning Point Program". The Turning Point Program is a separate, specialized docket in which non-violent, drug-dependent offenders plead guilty to their offenses and are then provided intense, court-supervised treatment over an 18-24 month period with random drug testing and mandatory substance abuse/mental health programming. In 2008, the Court was awarded a federal SAMHSA grant that has resulted in the addition of enhanced programming available to Turning Point Program Clients, including employment services, cognitive skills programming, mental health screening, crisis intervention counseling, anger management classes, family education programming and financial management classes. Participants must have police and prosecutor approval prior to entering the program. In order to graduate from the program, participants must abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs and otherwise demonstrate that they have become rehabilitated and are prepared to serve as a positive influence on our community. If the offender successfully completes the Program, their "guilty" plea is vacated and the case is dismissed. Offenders who fail to successfully complete the Program are sentenced on their felony conviction.
Judge Teodosio has also presided over court in the community at the Fugitive Safe Surrender sessions in 2007 and 2009. These court sessions resulted in over 1,100 individuals turning themselves in to law enforcement over the four-day period each year. The United States Marshal stated that Akron's program was one of the most successful Fugitive Safe Surrender operations to be conducted by the Marshals Service.
He is a member of the American Judges Association; the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; the Ohio Judicial Conference (Specialized Dockets Committee member); the Ohio State Bar Association; and the Justinian Forum. Judge Teodosio also serves on the Local Pro Bono Committee for the Ohio State Bar Association's Judicially Led Appellate District Pro Bono Project.
Judge Teodosio was, and remains, deeply involved in our community. He currently serves on the Akron Civic Theater Board of Directors; the Akron Zoo Board of Trustees; the Rebuilding Together Advisory Board; the Stow Schools Foundation Board; and the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. In the past, he has served on the Walsh Jesuit High School Board of Trustees; the Summit County Consumer Affairs Board; the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board of Trustees; the Summit County Board of Control; the Summit County Audit Committee; the Summit County Investment Advisory Board; the Youth Leadership and the Adult Leadership Committees of the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce; and the Board of Directors at Community Support Services. He participates annually as a celebrity chef at the "Men Who Cook" and "Grapes and Gourmet Guys" benefit events. Judge Teodosio is a member of the Italian-American Citizen's Club, the Sons of Italy, AHEPA, the Acker-Moore Memorial Post and the Hibernians Club.
Judge Teodosio's service to the community has been recognized by the YMCA Western Reserve Paul C. Hutchison Service to Youth Award; the "Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award" for Distinguished Service in the Field of Government"; the "Urban Light Award" from The University of Akron Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies for "Service to the Akron Community"; the "Achievement Award" from the Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County; the "2008 Veterans Appreciation Award" from the Veteran Service Commission; and the East Akron Community House 40th Year Celebration of Community Organizing "Citizen's Participation Recognition".
Each year, Judge Teodosio speaks at many community meetings and events. In 2009, Judge Teodosio spoke at the Community Fellowship Ministries and Equal Access to Education, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 23rd Annual Breakfast and Service; the Law Week Student Summit; the 25th Anniversary of Equal Access to Education Coalition (EAEC); the Kids College Program; the Torchbearers Group meeting; the Night Out Against Crime at the Church of God in Akron; the Leadership Akron Class XXV Justice Day event; the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative Fathers Walk; and Project Learn's Leader for Literacy Breakfast & Literacy Leadership Awards event. Judge Teodosio was a panelist at the Summit County Association for Justice meeting and a participant in the Summit County Stand Down for the Homeless and Displaced Veterans.
Judge Teodosio has been married to his wife, Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, since 1983. The Teodosio family lives in Munroe Falls, Ohio.