For Immediate Release - September 21, 2009


BOSTON - Monday, September 21, 2009 - Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of Pamela M. Dashiell to the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court and Paul M. Yee, Jr. to the Quincy District Court.

"I have no doubt that these nominees will serve their courts and communities well," said Governor Patrick. "The depth and breadth of their experience, in combination with their empathy and commitment to justice, make them uniquely qualified to sit on the BMC and District Court."

Pamela M. Dashiell has spent the majority of her three-decade legal career serving the people of the Commonwealth. Dashiell began her career as Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. She then joined Boston's Law Department, where she was named Co-Chief of the Government and Urban Affairs Bureaus, before leaving to work as counsel for Digital Equipment Corporation. She rejoined the public sector in 1994 as General Counsel to the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Elder Affairs and then, in 1997, joined the Attorney General's Office where she served as an Assistant in the Public Protection Bureau and as General Counsel to the Attorney General. Most recently Dashiell has served as Director of Planning and Policy Development for the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court. A graduate of Simmons College and Northwestern University School of Law, Dashiell resides in Dorchester. She is slated to fill the vacancy on the Boston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division, created by the elevation of the Honorable Sydney Hanlon.

Paul M. Yee, Jr. has, since 1986, been a Boston-area sole practitioner, representing clients in a wide range of civil and criminal matters. He began his legal career in New York as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow and then Staff Attorney with Brooklyn Legal Services before becoming a Senior Attorney representing the Boston Housing Authority in the courts and administrative agencies of the Commonwealth. Before starting his own practice, Yee served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. Over the course of his career, Yee also has served for many years as a mediator. Yee graduated from Northeastern University and Suffolk University School of Law. A resident of Brookline, Yee is slated to fill the vacancy on the Quincy District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Gregory R. Baler.