Debra Shopteese

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Debra Shopteese is a Massachusetts judge. She was the first Native American to sit on the Massachusetts District Court.[1][2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Shoptese grew up in Kansas and is of Sac and Fox descent.[1] She attended Kansas State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1983, and then Northeastern University School of Law where she was a member of the class of 1986.[1][3][4]

Legal career[edit]

Shopteese was first admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1988.[3][4] She spent her entire pre-judicial career of 24 years as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services.[1][2][4] This time included serving as the Attorney-in-Charge for the Roxbury Defenders Division from 1999 to 2011.[1][4] As a lawyer, she was mentored by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland.[1]

At the time of her appointment to the District Court, she taught criminal trial advocacy at Northeastern University.[1][4] She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick and sworn into the post on September 21, 2011.[1][2][4]

She previously sat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court.[1] In 2012, she served in the Boston Municipal Court.[4] As of 2015, Shopteese was assigned to the Roxbury District Court.[3][5]

See also[edit]

  • List of first women lawyers and judges in Massachusetts

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 McFarland, Andrew (September 22, 2011). "JP Resident Becomes First Native American Judge in Mass". Patch.com. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Alumni/ae of Color Panel". Northeastern University. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Debra Shopteese". Martindale-Avvo. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "SHOPTEESE, DEBRA". Mass. Lawyers Weekly. January 27, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  5. Sweeney, Emily (2018-10-17). "Man accused of hitting cyclist in Jamaica Plain arraigned". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.


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