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

Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013
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The Hon. Angela M. Ordoñez

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

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

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 Massachusetts Bar Association, having chaired the organization's Diversity Task Force since 2009. 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.