The Honorable Lynn Toler will be the keynote speaker for the annual Lyceum event Thursday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held in the John McLinn Ross theater of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building.
Judge Lynn Toler is currently the host of the nationally syndicated and Emmy Nominated television show, Divorce Court. She is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. At 33, she was elected judge of The Cleveland Heights Municipal Court and served there for 8 years.
While on the bench, Judge Toler volunteered actively in her community creating her own programs, such as Woman Talk, a project designed to intensively mentor young at-risk girls; and The CHIP Program – an intensive probationary program for young, male, chronic offenders. She also led an initiative to establish early response mental health teams for local municipal courts.
Judge Toler has also served on a number of philanthropic boards, including but not limited to: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Board of Trustees Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Services Supervisory Board, Board of Trustees, Goodwill Starting Over Program, Cleveland Treatment Center and The Cleveland Domestic Violence Center.
Judge Toler is still actively engaged in both local and now national initiatives to prevent domestic violence through her work as a board member on Bloom365.org.
Judge Toler began her television career in 2001 when she became the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Power of Attorney. During that time, she also served as a retired judge sitting by assignment in multiple jurisdictions throughout Ohio. In addition, she became an adjunct professor at Ursuline College where she developed and taught courses on Civil Rights Law and Women in the Law.
Judge Toler became the host of Divorce Court since 2006. In 2007, she expanded her television presence by becoming the host of the prime-time television show, Decision House. In 2008 and 2009, she was a bi-monthly contributor on News and Notes, a weekly news show on National Public Radio (NPR). In 2009, she became a co-executive producer of Wedlock or Deadlock, a new syndicated series based on a segment of Divorce Court. Currently, in addition to continuing to host Divorce Court, which is now in its 19th season, Judge Toler is also a regular on Marriage BootCamp.
Judge Toler has appeared as a legal and relationship expert on a variety of shows including Larry King Live, The Bill O’Reilly Show, Niteline, The Dr. Phil Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, The Steve Harvey Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Dr. Drew, Hollywood Today Live, Dish Nation among many others.
Judge Toler is a regular contributor to several print and on-line publications including The Huffington Post, Divorce Magazine and Divorce.com. She is also the author of several books. Her first book, My Mother’s Rules, a Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius was published in 2007 and was described by Ebony Magazine as an “awe -inspiring memoir”. In 2009, Judge Toler published her second book, Put It In Writing, coauthored with Deborah Hutchison. Her third book, Making Marriage Work, New Rules for an Old Institution was published in September, 2012.
Judge Toler has been the recipient of numerous awards. She is, however, most proud of The 2002 Humanitarian of the Year Award given to her by The Cleveland Domestic Violence Center and In 2009 Voice of Freedom Award she received from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Martin Luther King Commission where she was honored to join the ranks of previous recipients, Vice-President Al Gore and Colin Powell.
Judge Toler has been married to Eric Mumford since April, 1989. She has two sons and four stepsons.
For more information about the event, call the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-7061.