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Judge Capizzi has been a strong advocate for youth throughout his career, serving as a voice for children on issues such as drug and mental health treatment, disproportionate representation of minorities, and using technology to better help children and families.
He has served as a Montgomery County, Ohio, Juvenile Court Judge since 2004 and Administrative Judge since 2017. He previously served as an Acting Judge in Dayton Municipal Court, and was in private practice for 25 years. He received his J.D. from the University of Dayton and Undergraduate Degree from St. Bonaventure University. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2015 in recognition of his distinguished service to the community and to the law school.
Judge Capizzi has overseen the growth of the Juvenile Treatment Court and the implementation of a Juvenile Mental Health Court and Family Treatment Court. He led the initiative to create multiple Evening Reporting Centers, put into practice the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), created the Pro Se Services program, and strengthened the Court’s Reclaiming Futures and Natural Helpers programs to better serve youth and their families.
Judge Capizzi led the Court into the 21st century technology-wise by instituting real-time entries and the use of texting to remind families of hearing dates. In addition, he implemented the use of IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence in case management and health management issues of youth and instituted virtual hearing capabilities in all courtrooms.
He serves as Past-President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (“NCJFCJ”), and on the NADCP Project Advisory Board (PAB) for the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) Training and Technical Assistance Project. In addition, he serves on the National Center for State Courts National Judicial Opioid Task Force and the Stewards of Change Institute National Board.
Judge Capizzi co-authored: The State of Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, The State of Black Dayton: Opportunities Lost, (Jenell Walton ed., Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, 2017) and A Decade of Diversion: Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice Initiative, Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults & Mental Health Justice and Recovery, 2017, v.31. In addition, he has authored articles entitled A Model for Judicial Leadership, Juvenile and Family Court Journal, which addresses judges’ roles in communities’ responses to juvenile substance abuse concerns, and What You Need to Know About Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Protections for Courts, Future Trends in State Courts, published by the National Center for State Courts.
He is Past-Chair of the Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees and Past-President of the Ohio Juvenile Judges Association. He was appointed by Governor DeWine in December 2019 as one of two judges statewide to serve on the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council.
Judge Capizzi lectures at state, national, and international conferences focusing on judicial leadership, juvenile treatment and mental health courts, family treatment courts, substance abuse, the roles and responsibilities of guardians ad litem, juveniles’ rights in delinquency court, abuse, neglect, and dependency, racial and ethnic disparity, data and information sharing/exchange, and mental health issues.
He remains enthusiastic and energetic about working to promote the welfare of children, as has been his focus throughout his legal career.
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