Central Falls, RI – Mayor James A. Diossa announced today that Attorney Elizabeth
Ortiz has been appointed as Municipal Court Judge. Ortiz will be the first
Latina appointed to this position in the history of Central Falls.
“Elizabeth Ortiz is a talented attorney who
has proven throughout her legal career that she is well positioned for this
important role,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. “I am honored to have appointed
the city’s first ever Latina Municipal Court Judge and believe that our city is
a place where women and individuals who have been historically marginalized,
can truly achieve anything. She will be a great judge and a terrific role
Central Falls native Ortiz brings over 14
years of experience as a law professional that stretches from her time as a paralegal
to opening her own law firm in June of 2011. She has been working as a solo
practitioner, representing clients in the Rhode Island Family Courts as well as
the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts since starting her firm and was
appointed Guardian Ad Litem to represent the best interests of children in
Rhode Island Family Court proceedings.
Ortiz has been a part of the Adjunct Faculty
of the Community College of Rhode Island teaching Law of Contracts,
Constitutional Law and Introduction to Paralegal Studies to students majoring
in Paralegal Studies, Law Enforcement and General Studies since 2012.
Previously, she spent almost five years working as a paralegal for several
prominent Rhode Island law firms.
Ortiz earned a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal
Studies from Roger Williams University in 2007 and then went on to obtain her
Doctorate degree at Roger Williams University School of Law graduating Cum
Elizabeth Ortiz’s appointment comes on the
heels of Maria Rivera’s election as the first Latina City Council President of
“I am proud to be a part of a city that
supports and promotes inclusion,” said Council President Maria Rivera. “Having
a judge in Central Falls that can relate to our community is a big step.
Elizabeth Ortiz is an inspiration to the community she grew up in and I am
confident she will judge and serve Central Falls residents fairly.”
On Monday, February 4th, Mayor James A. Diossa
will administer the oath of office to Elizabeth Ortiz. The public is invited to
attend the swearing-in ceremony, which will take place in the Central Falls
City Council Chambers at 5 p.m.