Tejal Mehta, an Indian-American woman judge who promised to make a real impact to the community and treat people with compassion, has taken oath as the first Justice of a district court in the US state of Massachusetts. Mehta will serve as the first Justice of the Ayer District Court. She has served as an Associate Justice with the same court and was unanimously selected and sworn in by Judge Stacey Fortes, Chief Justice of the District Court.
Ms. Mehta’s goal to focus on one place and to become the first Justice of the Ayer District Court rested in a desire to make a positive impact on the community she has grown close to. They handle trials within the federal court system — both civil and criminal. (IANS)
Life and Career of Tejal Mehta
- Born to a chemist father and a mother who worked in a hospital, Mehta earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1997.
- Thereafter, she completed a JD at Boston University School of Law in 2000. She then entered into private practice the following year, working as an associate at Gadsby Hannah (2001 to 2002), Cohn & Dussi (2002), and Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis & Holland (2002 to 2004). In 2005, the Indian-American judge joined the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney.
- She worked in that capacity until 2016, at which time she opened her own private practice as a sole practitioner.
- Her memberships have included the Massachusetts Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association.
- She also sat on the Board of Bar Overseers as well as the Executive Board of the Bedford Montessori School. There are 94 district courts, 13 circuit courts, and one Supreme Court throughout the country.
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