Hon. Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. ’84, Named Chief Justice of Boston Municipal Court Department
Appointment made by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula Carey ’86
(Boston, 12/10/13) New England Law | Boston: The Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. ’84 has been named Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court for a five-year term, effective January 2, 2014. The appointment was announced by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey ’86.
The Boston Municipal Court Department is comprised of eight divisions with 30 authorized judicial positions in Suffolk County. The court’s jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to, most criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence. It also handles a wide variety of civil cases and has jurisdiction to review findings of the State Police Trial Board, among other duties.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Roberto Ronquillo as chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court, an urban court key to the delivery of justice in the city of Boston,” said Chief Justice Carey. “Through his work on a wide range of judicial and administrative committees, Judge Ronquillo has demonstrated the judgment, energy, and dedication needed to lead that court department to the next level of excellence.”
Judge Ronquillo said, “I am honored by Chief Justice Carey’s confidence in me to lead the Boston Municipal Court, which has a great history of commitment to the conscientious, expeditious resolution of disputes within the communities we serve, along with a commitment to correction, education, respect, and compassion.”
He was appointed to the bench in 2001 and named as a First Justice in 2007. He currently serves in that role for the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court and has taken an active role in the East Boston community with local schools and civic organizations.
Judge Ronquillo chairs the Trial Court’s recently-named Language Access Advisory Committee and represents the Boston Municipal Court on the Specialty Courts Steering Group. He was a practicing attorney at his own firm from 1988 to 2001 after serving as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County from 1985 to 1988.
“The law school congratulates Judge Ronquillo on his well-deserved appointment, and thanks Chief Justice Carey for making her well-considered selection,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “We all will be the beneficiaries of Judge Ronquillo’s skill and impartiality in his new position.”
Judge Ronquillo is an adjunct professor of law, teaching Trial Practice this year, and an active member of the New England Law alumni community. Recent examples of his generosity to law students and the community at-large include mentoring Honors Judicial Program students, participating in a “Young Achievers” program hosted by the law school for middle- and high-schoolers, and attending the annual Minority Alumni Welcome Reception.