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