April English, assistant attorney general in the state's
Consumer Protection Division, serves as co-chair with the Hon.
Angela Ordoñez for the MBA's Diversity Task Force. Like Ordoñez,
she is focused on implementing programs that they hope will
encourage a more diverse bar in Massachusetts, now and more
importantly, in the future.
The youngest of six children, English worked her way through
undergraduate studies and went on to attain her law degree from
Northeastern University Law School.
A determined attorney since her bar admission, English served as
a Superior Court law clerk from 2001 to 2002. Once her clerkship
ended, she briefly practiced family law and personal injury law.
This early start in her career led her to the Consumer Protection
Division in the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley.
There, she litigates actions and negotiates settlements under
the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act on behalf of the
commonwealth. She also serves as one of the co-chairs of the AGO
Diversity Committee. English has worked in the AG's office since
"If you are passionate, anything is possible," said English, who
juggles her professional responsibilities with being a mom to a
English welcomed another responsibility when asked by MBA
President Valerie A. Yarashus to serve as co-chair for the
Diversity Task Force. "It is a privilege to work with Judge Ordoñez
on such an important committee," said English, who explained that
the group brings together members of the bar who are truly
interested and invested in matters of diversity and the importance
Like Ordoñez, English is particularly focused on seeing through
the success of the task force-initiated Tiered Community Mentor
Program. With this new program, English hopes to "touch the minds
of young boys and girls interested in pursuing a legal career."
With several other programs geared toward high school and
college students, English feels that the task force is a great
opportunity for lawyers to get involved and serve as mentors for
young kids looking for guidance and looking to make a
Mutual respect between co-chairs Ordoñez and English is
apparent. "Judge Ordoñez has such vision," said English. "She comes
up with clever and creative ideas on a consistent basis - ideas
that can become reality by devoting some time and energy."
Taking on a leadership role with the MBA has helped English to
think outside the box and grow as both a practitioner and a
"The MBA is a great platform to expose a diverse mix of lawyers
to volunteer roles that really have an impact on the attorneys'
professional growth," said English.