Gov. Deval Patrick ’82 has nominated Gloria Tan, a clinical instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute, to a seat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. A leading national authority in the field of juvenile justice, Tan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the juvenile bench in Massachusetts.
As a judge on the Juvenile Court, Tan will rule on cases regarding delinquency, children in need of services, care and protection petitions, cases in which an adult contributes to the delinquency of a minor, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.
Currently, Tan teaches and supervises law students who represent indigent adults and youth in criminal and delinquency proceedings. Prior to joining CJI, Tan served as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, as well as an attorney for CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division.
Tan has served as chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council and as a member of MBA’s Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council. She is currently a member of MBA’s House of Delegates and serves on the MBA Executive Management Board. She also serves as a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.