For Immediate Release - June 10, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK NOMINATES ACCOMPLISHED LOCAL LAWYER TO THE WORCESTER JUVENILE COURT

BOSTON- Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nomination of Deborah A.S. Capuano, a Worcester-area sole practitioner, to the Worcester Juvenile Court.

"Deborah is highly regarded both for her first-rate legal skills and for her long-time commitment to serving youth and families," said Governor Patrick. "Her experience, compassion and appreciation for the communities she will serve make her uniquely qualified to adjudicate these sensitive and important matters."

Capuanorepresents private and court appointed clients in the juvenile, probate and family and district courts. She focuses on delinquency, youthful offender and juvenile defense; care and protection and CHINS cases; and domestic relations and family law.

For almost a decade, Capuano has served as the Regional Coordinator for CPCS's Children and Family Law Program and also assists children in DCF custody to obtain special education plans and services. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Capuano worked for 17 years in the Worcester Public Schools as a middle and high school English teacher. She is a graduate of Worcester State College, Assumption College (M.A. English) and Massachusetts School of Law.

Capuano is slated to fill the vacancy on the Worcester Juvenile Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Martha P. Grace.

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