FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
REAPPOINTS HONORABLE MARTHA P. GRACE AS CHIEF JUSTICE
OF THE STATEWIDE JUVENILE COURT
Justice for Administration and Management Barbara A. Dortch-Okara
today announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Martha
P.Grace as the Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court for a five-year
term, effective on February 10, 2003, in accordance with G.L.
211B, § 5.
Grace was first appointed as Chief Justice of the Juvenile
Court in 1998 by then Chief Justice for Administration and
Management John J. Irwin Jr.
In announcing the reappointment,
Chief Justice Dortch-Okara said, “Under the leadership of Chief Justice Grace, the
Juvenile Court has attained a national reputation for its
highly developed court clinic system, and has developed innovative
programs, such as permanency mediation and youth court diversion.
Chief Justice Grace has helped to make the statewide
Juvenile Court a reality by enabling specially trained judges
and personnel to aid children and families in 45 locations
throughout the state.”
to her appointment as Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court,
Chief Justice Grace was an Associate Justice of the Worcester
Juvenile Court for eight years. She was the Clerk Magistrate
of the Spencer District Court from 1986 to 1990, and an attorney
in the Worcester law firm of Rubin & Rubin from 1983 to
Justice Grace received her J.D. from New England School of
Law, an M.A. in History from Clark University, and a B.A.
from Smith College, where she majored in zoology. Her memberships include the American,
Massachusetts, Boston, Worcester and Juvenile Bar Associations,
and the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges,
Justice Grace received the Distinguished Jurist Award of the
Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers in 2002. She also
is the recipient of awards in recent years from the Massachusetts
Judges Conference, St. Thomas More Society, Juvenile Bar Association,
and the YWCA.