Teresa Liston - Capital University Law School

Teresa Liston

Adjunct Professor and Judge (ret.)


  • J.D., Capital University Law School
  • B.A., The Ohio State University


Judge Teresa L. Liston, ret., served as a judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court, Ohio’s largest trial court, for three consecutive terms before her retirement. During her tenure on the court, she was twice elected by that court’s fifteen judges to serve as its Administrative and Presiding Judge. She currently hears cases throughout Ohio as a Retired Assigned Judge and does extensive teaching for legal and judicial programs throughout the United States. Judge Liston is on the faculty of the National Judicial College and teaches courses for the Ohio Judicial College, where she previously served as President of its Board of Trustees for two terms. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Capital University Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies at Columbus State Community College. Judge Liston co-founded the Justice Institute for the Legal Profession, an institute devoted to the study of legal and judicial ethics through the humanities. She teaches regularly at judicial and continuing legal education programs throughout the U.S., having designed and taught courses in over eighteen states for judges and lawyers on numerous topics including criminal and traffic trial procedure, evidence, law and literature, and judicial and legal ethics. In addition to teaching, Judge Liston has served in leadership roles for the Ohio judiciary, including Co-Chair of Ohio Jury Instructions Editorial Committee, member of the Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Committee, and Education Chair for the Ohio Association of Municipal and County Court Judges.