Representative Marcia H. Morey & Judge Linda Teodosio

Presentation Title -  The Twig is Broken: Juvenile Delinquency in Today's Society  

May 18, 2017
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about the speaker

The Honorable Marcia H. Morey was appointed to the North Carolina House of Representatives on April 5, 2017. Previously, she was the Chief District Court Judge of the 14th Judicial District in Durham, North Carolina where she was an advocate for juveniles and presided over delinquency court. Last year, Morey helped launch the first misdemeanor diversion program in Durham. “If a 16 or 17-year-old is about to get their first criminal citation or arrest for a non-violent misdemeanor they have to experience a court session and realize how serious a criminal charge can be. We’re trying to get their attention, keep their records clean. Because as harsh as it is in the courtroom with hundreds of dollars of costs and fees and a suspended jail sentence, the collateral consequences are unbelievable in terms of employment, military service, housing and scholarship money.” Teenagers who successfully complete the diversion program have their charges dropped. Last year, the judge had 550 juveniles in the program.

In the mid-1980s, Morey was the first female investigator for the NCAA investigating football coaches for recruiting violations. She was involved in the probe of former Clemson University and University of Florida head football coach Charley Pell.

Morey is a native of Decatur, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degrees from Millikin University in Illinois. She received a Masters in Teaching from Reed College and her Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law.  She was a member of the 1976 US Olympic swim team and is featured in a documentary about the Women’s Swim Team entitled The Last Gold. You can watch the documentary via YouTube at the following link:

Morey spent two years as the executive director on the governor’s commission on juvenile crime and justice under Gov. Jim Hunt. In 1999, Hunt appointed Morey as a district court judge in Durham. Prior to serving the District Court bench, Judge Morey was an Olympic swimmer and coach, journalist and Assistant District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District.

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 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 daughter, Charlotte. They remember their late daughter through the Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation.