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Baker Nominates Elizabeth Teixeira as Associate Justice of Probate and Family Court

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BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker nominated Elizabeth Teixeira as an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court. Attorney Teixeira has more than 25 years of legal experience.
 
“The many cases that Attorney Teixeira has tried over her decades practicing family law have prepared her well to serve as an Associate Justice of the Probate and 
Family Court," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am pleased to submit this qualified candidate to the Governor's Council for their advice and consent."
 
“Throughout her career, Attorney Teixeira has demonstrated her commitment to the families of the Commonwealth," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.​ "If confirmed by the Governor's Council, I am confident that she will continue to serve the Commonwealth as an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court."
 
The Probate and Family Court Department has jurisdiction over family-related and probate matters such as divorce, paternity, child support, custody, parenting time, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention and wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and changes of name. The Probate and Family Court has over 40 judges, including Chief Justice John D. Casey. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Attorney Teixeira will fill the seat vacated by the Honorable George Phelan.
 
For more information on the Probate & Family Court, please visit their homepage.
 
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
 
About Elizabeth Teixeira 
Elizabeth Teixeira began her legal career in 1983 as a Law Clerk at Aleixo, Miles, Murray & Rounds, P.C, joining the firm full-time as an Associate Attorney in 1987 upon completing her legal education. There, she began her practice of family law, handling divorce, paternity, contempts, guardianships, modifications and probate of estates before the Massachusetts Probate Court. From 1994 until 1997, Attorney Teixeira continued this work as a sole practitioner, before founding Teixeira & Tedeschi, P.C. as a Partner in 1999, followed by Teixeira & Weddell in 2005. In 2008, she resumed her solo practice as Elizabeth Teixeira, Attorney at Law, where she continues to practice before the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Attorney Teixeira is also an active member of her community, serving as a Mentor for the Massachusetts Bar Association, a member and former president of the Taunton Rotary Club, and lead teacher and volunteer organizer for St. Agnes Church in Reading. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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