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THIS MONTH ON "LAW TALK":

Judge Teodosio - Ninth District Court of Appeals

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In The Spotlight with: Tom Teodosio, Judge Ninth District Court of Appeals

By Kate Feeks

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Judge Tom Teodosio, will be on the show Law Talk with host John Celebrezze to discuss his recent election as judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  This show will run throughout the month of September on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public access Chanel 21, and Armstrong Cable Access Channel 37 in Medina County along with Clear Picture Channels 21 & 22 in Wooster and Massillon.

Judge Teodosio graduated from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1982.

In November 2016 Judge Teodosio was elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over cases appealed from trial courts in Summit, Lorain, Medina and Wayne counties. The District has approximately 1.1 million residents and the court handles approximately 800-900 new cases each year.

In 2006, Judge Teodosio was elected Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge. He was re-elected in  2012. In addition to his regular general division docket, Judge Teodosio presided over the Summit County’s Turning Point Program. The Turning Point Program is a specialized docket in which non-violent, drug-dependent offenders are provided intense, court-supervised treatment over a12-18 month period. “The Turning Point Program was named by me. It was definitely the most rewarding part of my ten years as a judge.  It was just incredible to watch lives that were destroyed, by heroin especially,  come around for the better… children reunited with parents, grandparents reunited with grandkids.   I recently got off the phone with a graduate of the program wanting to let me know that things are doing great.  That program was an amazing experience,” Teodosio said.

While on the common pleas bench, Judge Teodosio was the presiding judge for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Judge Teodosio was inspired to become a judge by other older attorneys and judges.  “I was in practice for 25 years and back in that day there was a lot of mentoring going on with attorneys and judges.  I got to know a lot of the judges and my Dad was always deeply involved in politics so I attended a lot of political events.  When a Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge retired and I was encouraged by others to run for the seat. I couldn’t let an opportunity like that pass by so I took advantage of it because I thought you never know if this opportunity will come around again, Teodosio explained. 

Prior to beginning his judicial career, Teodosio was partner in the law firm of Teodosio, Manos & Ward. 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 Program.  In addition to his law practice Judge Teodosio was elected to serve on Summit County Council in November 2000 and won re-election in 2004. While on Council he 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.

Judge Teodosio is deeply involved in his community. He currently serves on the Akron Civic Theater Board of Directors, the Akron Zoo Board of Trustees, the Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County and the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

To learn more about the 9th District Court of Appeals watch for the interview with Judge Tom Teodosio and Mr. Celebrezze throughout the month of September on Law Talk.


THIS MONTH ON "LAW TALK":

Matthew Schreiber, Ohio Northern university Law School Student

In The Spotlight with: Matthew Schreiber, Ohio Northern University Law School Student

By Kate Feeks

Matthew Schreiber, a law student at Ohio Northern University, will be on the show Law Talk with host John Celebrezze to discuss his recent win of the Ohio Northern Law School Anthony J. Celebrezze Appellate Advocacy Competition.  This show will run throughout the month of September on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public access Chanel 21, and Armstrong Cable Access Channel 37 in Medina County along with Clear Picture Channels 21 & 22 in Wooster and Massillon.

The Appellate Advocacy Competition is named in honor of the late Anthony J Celebrezze, LLB ’36.  Judge Celebrezze served as a judge on the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.  The competition is open to all second and third year Ohio Northern law students. Traditionally, a panel of distinguished members of the local and state bar, including the late Judge Celebrezze himself, has judged the final round.  

This year’s competition took place on March 30, 2017.  Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat Fischer, Ohio Third District Court of Appeals, Judge John Willamowski, and Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Bill Klatt judged the final round.

Matthew Schreiber, the winner of this year’s competition, will be starting his 3rd year of law school this August. “I will be getting my JD (Jurist Doctorate) and my master’s degrees at the same time.  I will receive a Masters of Law in Democratic Government and Rule of Law.  I will graduate with both of those degrees in May 2018”, Schreiber explained. 

Matthew competed in the first year Appellate Advocacy Competition last year and won.  He was very motivated by this achievement and wanted to get involved in more competitions to better himself in presenting arguments. “I am also on the International Law Moot Court Team”, Matthew said.

The problem presented to the competitors usually focuses on a controversial issue that will be heard by the United States Supreme Court.   The ONU Moot Court Board of Advocates is in charge of the competition.  These law students are responsible for making the case problem avialable to the competitors. 

Students are given one week to prepare their arguments once the case problems are handed out.  “The most difficult part of the competition for me was having to switch which side we were arguing.  We only had a few days to prepare a completely new argument that was effectively countering everything we just presented”, noted Matthew.

“The case presented this year, Manuel v. City of Joliet, was a lawsuit brought by a private citizen against the City of Joliet, Illinois for violating the citizen’s constitutional rights by holding him in jail in violation of his 4th Amendment right”, explained Matthew.  Manuel sued the city of Joliet and various law enforcement officers under the federal “constitutional tort” statue, which allows people to sue in federal court for deprivation of their constitutional rights.   Manuel alleged that law enforcement officers knew that he did not possess ecstasy ( illicit drug) and unlawfully arrested him.  Then they repeatedly told prosecutors and judges that he did, so that Manuel was held in jail for 48 days until the charges against him were dismissed. 

To learn more about this case and Mathew Schreiber, watch for the next episode of Law Talk with host Attorney John Celebrezze.


In The Spotlight: WCTV Wadsworth Community Television 2016 Clapper Awards

By Kate Feeks

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In 1983 the city of Wadsworth, Ohio started a community television station to communicate, educate and entertain residents. WCTV (Wadsworth Community Television) is a television station owned and operated by the city of Wadsworth. The station operates three channels; Public (Channel 15), Educational (Channel 16) and Government (Channel 17). The station’s programming is available on CityLink Cable and Time Warner Cable systems.

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WCTV offers free training and services to all residents of Wadsworth. The use of production equipment is available for public service announcements for non-profits and advertising opportunities for businesses. Residents can produce their own television shows using cameras, tripods, microphones, lights, and editing systems for post production - all provided free of charge. The station also provides the training needed to operate the production equipment. A fully-equipped studio is also available for community use, complete with 3 robotic cameras, graphics software, audio system, and green screen capabilities. This year, community volunteers will produce over 1,800 new shows, and provide over 20,000 hours of local programming.

The staff of WCTV includes John Madding, Cable TV Programming and Access Manager; Johanna Perrino, Operations Technician, and Drew Bicksler and James Barnard, Sports Production.

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On November 17, 2016, WCTV hosted the Clapper Awards Ceremony. The Clapper Award Ceremony is for those who have produced the best programming on WCTV throughout the year. This year’s 2016 Clapper Award winners were selected based on quality and popularity. Ballots were cast in October with WCTV receiving over 3,000 ballots from viewers. Nominations were sent to a panel of media professionals who judged each program on quality, production, content and overall reaction to the show. This year the judges were from Orlando Florida, Hiram University, and other venues.

Attorney John Celebrezze is the host of the show Law Talk, a well-known program on WCTV stations. Celebrezze was among one of the winners of the 2016 Clapper Awards. Attorney Celebrezze won in the Best Public Awareness Category for his show Law Talk – Medina County Specialized Dockets and he also received Honorable Mention for his show with former Medina County Prosecutor, Dean Holman.

John Madding, Programming and Manager, presented the awards to the winners. “The thing that stands out the most for me about the show Law Talk is the fact that Mr. Celebrezze is an attorney. The amount of credibility he brings to our viewers is so important. So many times people have questions about the law or are curious to know what their rights are, who do they need to talk to, where should they go for a certain situation. They need guidance according to the law. To find those answers they would have to do an extreme amount of reading and research on their own or hire an attorney to get all the facts. Attorney Celebrezze provides our viewers with guests on his show who are judges, specialized attorneys, prosecutors, magistrates and more. These guests offer such value and up to date facts and education about the law. A host like Attorney Celebrezze brings so much to our viewing audience. The show Law Talk is a source of information that is truly so helpful time and time again.” Madding noted.

Congratulations to Attorney John Celebrezze for winning the 2016 Clapper Award for his show Law Talk. We look forward to many more educational episodes to better inform and educate our community.


CZCLEP to Offer the Vincent R. Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship in 2017

Officer Vincent R Celebrezze 1940-1988. A proud member of the Richfield Police Department.

Officer Vincent R Celebrezze 1940-1988. A proud member of the Richfield Police Department.

 
Zane VanFossen with CZ-Co-Founder John Celebrezze as he received the Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship at Revere High School on May 19, 2017.

Zane VanFossen with CZ-Co-Founder John Celebrezze as he received the Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship at Revere High School on May 19, 2017.

In The Spotlight with: Zane Vanfossen, Officer Vincent Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship Winner

By Kate Feeks  

On May 19, 2017 Attorney John Celebrezze presented the first Officer Vincent Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship to Zane Vanfossen, a 2017 Revere High School graduating senior. 

The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. provides high school students the opportunity to receive scholarships to assist them when attending a four-year college or university.

The purpose of the Officer Vincent Celebrezze scholarship, named in honor of Attorney Celebrezze’s older brother, is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school graduates.  The standards of eligibility include: The applicant must be a graduating senior, financial need (not a determining factor but consideration), the applicant must be involved in school and or community activities, the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA with documentation from most current trimester, students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship, students pursuing a degree in law or criminal justice will be given preference.  

Zane Vanfossen, made the most of his senior year while attending Revere High School.  He not only went to his required high school classes, but in addition he attended the University of Akron part-time as part of a college credit plus program offered at Revere.   He earned college credit while still in high school.   His class also voted him to be a senior court member on this year’s Homecoming Court.  “My senior year was awesome.  I was a sports editor for our school newspaper The Lantern and I received an award from Kent State University for an opinion piece I wrote.  I was also the captain of the Division 2 State Runner Up varsity soccer team.  I am very proud of that accomplishment because everyone thought our chance had passed us last year when 10 seniors graduated leaving myself and another underclassman as the remaining starters.  It was supposed to be our "’growing year’", but we had another goal in mind and nearly achieved it,” Vanfossen said.  

“I have decided to major in digital forensics with a minor in cyber security.  The Officer Vincent Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship gave specific priority to criminal justice majors.  To be the first RHS student to receive the memorial scholarship was quite exciting and feels a bit prestigious!” explained Vanfossen.  

For the summer, Zane is working at Smith Brothers Gardening Center in Bath, Ohio. Zane is also a member of his church youth group (Bethel Lutheran Church).  He will be on a mission trip with his youth group to Benton Harbor.  He also plays club soccer with the Cleveland Futbol Club.  In July he will attend soccer camp in Tiffin, Ohio to get some pre-season training with his future coaches.  

“I will be attending Tiffin University in August.  Since I will be playing soccer there, I report early for training. I also anticipate getting a campus job through the work-study program and hope to find some interesting internships.” Vanfossen said.  

Congratulations to Zane Vanfossen and good luck with all your future plans!

 

CLICK HERE: Remarks made by John Celebrezze, CZ Co-Founder, on May 19, 2017, as he presented the first Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship in the amount of $1000 to Zane VanFossen, 2017 Revere High School graduating senior.

CLICK HERE: Remarks made by Zane VanFossen to the Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project on June 16, 2017


In The Spotlight with: Jenna Herr, Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship Winner

By Kate Feeks

Hancock County Common Please Judge Reginald J Routson presents his second annual $1,000 scholarship to McComb High School graduating senior Jenna Herr on May 22, 2017.

Hancock County Common Please Judge Reginald J Routson presents his second annual $1,000 scholarship to McComb High School graduating senior Jenna Herr on May 22, 2017.

On May 22nd Jenna Herr, 2017 graduate of McComb High School, McComb Ohio was this year’s recipient of the Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship.

The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. provides high school students the opportunity to receive scholarships to assist them when attending a four-year college or university.

The purpose of the Routson scholarship is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school graduates.  The standards of eligibility for students include: the applicant must be a graduating senior, financial need (not a determining factor but a consideration), must be involved in school and or community activities, and the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA with documentation from the most current school term. Students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship.

Jenna was successfully involved in many sports and clubs during high school. “ I was involved in Spanish Club and was voted president, I was a part of the volleyball team and we made it to the state semifinals. I was also a part of the basketball team and scored my 1,000th point this year.”  Jenna played softball and was part of NHS (National Honors Society) and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  FCA requires students to meet once a week, have a mini lesson and go out to assist the community and other countries.  “Every year at Christmas time we collect a bunch of different shoe boxes and supplies and ship them to children in Africa.  We also go to my church and pack meals for Haiti.  This year we packed over 25,000 meals for the hungry. In our community, one thing we like to do is help with yard work.  We rake leaves for the elderly or help those people that are unable to tend to their yard” Jenna explained.   

The Routson scholarship is a great opportunity for Jenna.  Planning for her future had everything to do with her applying for scholarships.  “My parents told me that I would have to pay for half of my tuition each year.  I have money saved from working, but I knew I needed more to get myself through.  I worked really hard this school year filling out scholarship application after application hoping it would pay off in the end.” Jenna said. 

This summer Jenna is working at Kohl’s distribution center.  She will be attending Bowling Green University this fall majoring in nursing.  “My goal after I graduate is to work at a pediatric family practice or a hospital in Findlay, Ohio” explained Jenna.

Congratulations to Jenna Herr and good luck with all your future plans!


In The Spotlight with: Alison Chudzinski, Judge James L. Kimbler Scholarship Winner

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By Kate Feeks

Alison Chudzinski, 2017 graduate of Cloverleaf High School, was this year’s recipient of the Judge James L. Kimbler Cloverleaf Local School District Scholarship.

The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. provides students attending Cloverleaf High School the opportunity to receive a scholarship to assist them when attending a four-year college or university.

The purpose of the Kimber scholarship is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school students. The standards of eligibility of students include: the applicant must be a Cloverleaf High School graduating senior, financial need (not a determining factor but a consideration), the applicant must be involved in school and or community activities, the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA with documentation from the most current school term. Students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship. 

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Alison Chudzinski, winner of this year’s scholarship enjoyed being involved in many extra curricular activities at her school.  During her high school career she was a class officer, voted class president by the end of her sophomore year. She was involved in Student Council, NHS (National Honors Society), Swimming, Cross Country, Drama Club, SHUDDLE and HUDDLE.  SHUDDLE (focuses on seventh grade students) and HUDDLE (focuses on fourth grade students) programs developed to help kids understand preventive measures or possible influences of their peers such as bullying, drugs or bad behaviors.

When Alison decided to apply for the scholarship she was well aware that the students headed toward law school were looked at first, but she decided to try it anyway.  “I just said you know what, there is potential here, I can do this. I just gave it a shot anyway. I knew I could write a lot about what I have done for the school and community.” Alison said. 

This summer Alison is working at Westfield Group Country Club as a lifeguard for her second year.  She will be attending the University of Toledo this fall majoring in Biology.  “My focus right now is to become a medical lab technician.  I am so excited!” Alison explained. 

Congratulations to Alison Chudzinski and good luck with all your future plans!

 


CZCLEP's Tax Exempt Status Approved!

The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. holds tax exempt status exempting it from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The organization is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code. The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is treated as a public charity.

Tax deductible contribution checks payable to CZ-CLEP can be mailed to 5192 Gillen Way, Westerville, Ohio 43082. Contributors should consult a qualified tax advisor regarding their contributions as they apply to their annual tax filings.


Law Talk Wins WCTV Clapper Award Again!

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The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. is again the proud recipient of a WCTV Clapper Award for Best Talk Show. On November 29, 2010 John Celebrezze accepted the runner up Clapper Award for our show on Judge Christopher Collier's drug court. This marks the second time in as many years Law Talk received the award.

View Law Talk on Wadsworth Cable (WCTV) Public Access Channel 15, Brunswick Area Television (BAT) Public Access Channel 21, and Medina Cable Access, Channel 37.

The show can also be seen on You Tube accessible from this site in segments by CLICKING HERE.

Comments made by John's guests on Law Talk are solely those of the guest and do not necessarily reflect the views of Celebrezze - Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc.


About CZ-CLEP

Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc.

John M. Celebrezze

Mark A. Zanghi


 
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