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Barbara A. Dortch-Okara

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Barbara A. Dortch-Okara
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Current Court Information:
Massachusetts Superior Courts
Active:   1989-2012
Succeeded by:   Angel Kelley Brown
Past position:   Justice, Boston Municipal Court
Past term:   1984-1989
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Brandeis University
Law School:   Boston College Law School

Barbara A. Dortch-Okara was a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts.[1] She retired from this position in 2012.[2]


Dortch-Okara received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School.[2]


Dortch-Okara was an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court for 23 years, until her retirement in 2012. From 1984 to 1989, she was a justice of the Boston Municipal Court. Previously, she was associate general counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority, attorney adviser for the Massachusetts office of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and assistant corporate counsel for the City of Boston.[2]

Awards and associations

  • 2011: Trailblazer Award, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • 2007: Judicial Excellence Award, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 1996: Honorary Doctor of Laws, New England Law School[2]


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