Lawyers Journal

MBA applauds the appointment of the Hon. Angela M. Ordoñez to Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Courts

The Massachusetts Bar Association applauds the selection of Norfolk Family and Probate Court Justice Angela M. Ordoñez to Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Courts.

"Judge Ordoñez has long-championed inclusivity and diversity in our state's legal system. As the new chief justice of the Probate and Family Courts, she will continue to ensure that all members of the commonwealth are fairly treated within the court system," said MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Ordoñez was first named to the bench in 2000 by the late Gov. A. Paul Cellucci. She served as first justice in the Nantucket County Probate and Family Court, and later was named first justice of Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in 2011.

Ordoñez has been very active in the MBA, having chaired the associaton's Diversity Task Force from 2009 to 2011. As chair, she created the Tiered Community Mentoring Program, which teams up practicing minority attorneys with diverse students in high school, college and law school. It is aimed at exposing inner-city students to opportunities in the legal community that would otherwise not exist for them. The program just celebrated its fourth year.

Ordoñez received her law degree and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

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