New judge named for Dot Court

Governor Deval Patrick has announced the nomination of Pamela M. Dashiell to the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

In selecting her, and Paul M. Yee, Jr., to the Quincy District Court, the governor said, “I have no doubt that these nominees will serve their courts and communities well. 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 working for the Commonwealth.  She began her career as Staff Counsel to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, 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. 

Ms. Dashiell 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, she lives 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 to the state appeals court.   

Yee, of Brookline, has since 1986 been a Boston-area sole practitioner, representing clients in a wide range of civil and criminal matters.