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The Honorable Jolette Westbrook

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salmon (Wild)
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nothing Works Unless You Do.

Birthplace

Born:
12/10/1956
Birth Location:
Buffalo, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
State Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Salmon (Wild)
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nothing Works Unless You Do.

Birthplace

Born:
12/10/1956
Birth Location:
Buffalo
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Biography

Attorney Jolette Westbrook was born in 1956 in Buffalo, New York; her parents operated a news agency. Westbrook attended Public School #93, Public School #74, and West Hertle Middle School. At St. Joseph’s High School, Westbrook’s role model was Reverend Joseph Moore; she graduated in 1974 and entered Russell Sage College. There, Westbrook was elected student government president, played in the state volleyball championship, and traveled to England. Graduating with her B.S. degree in criminal science in 1978, Westbrook entered Northeastern University Law School’s Cooperative Program and worked as an intern with Greater Boston Legal Services; she earned her J.D. degree in 1981.

Westbrook served as clerk for the Honorable Charles Grabau, associate justice of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1981. In 1982, Westbrook joined the Supreme Judicial Court Bar in Massachusetts and began working for the National Institute for Paralegal Studies as an instructor in the areas of legal research and writing, corporations, and family law. Westbrook joined the firm of Dawkins and Quarles in 1983, where she worked in the area of juvenile law. Westbrook became managing attorney, supervising the appellate work and case loads of attorneys and paralegals for the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (SMLAC). Later, Westbrook joined the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Consumer Affairs as Director of the State’s Lemon Law Arbitration Program. After 1991, Westbrook worked with the Department of Public Utilities and became the Director of the Energy Facilities Siting Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In April of 2009, Westbrook was appointed Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by Governor Deval Patrick.

Westbrook was admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar membership in 1996. In 2005, she was appointed a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Committee. The recipient of numerous awards, Westbrook was an avid tennis player, and coach of youth basketball and soccer.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Jolette Westbrook's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook shares a stories from her mother's childhood in Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls how her parents valued education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her childhood hobbies
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers family outings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers P.S. 74, Hamlin Park School in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls P.S. 94, West Hertel Academy in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her neighborhood in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers Mount St. Joseph's Academy in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her activities in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers her senior class trip to Brazil
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls the influence of Reverend Joseph Moore
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her early interest in theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her admission to Russell Sage College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers organizing a sit-in
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes the advantages of women's colleges
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her extracurricular activities at Russell Sage College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her decision to study criminal science
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her decision to attend law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls her challenges at Northeastern University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls working in legal services in Midland, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls the law firm of Dawkins and Quarles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers litigating a child abuse case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers representing a solicitation case
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook talks about the juvenile court system, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook talks about the juvenile court system, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook recalls leaving Dawkins and Quarles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her role at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes the petitions to the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook talks about environmental impact issues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook talks about alternative energy sources
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her hopes for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her parenting philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers her experiences in Malawi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook remembers her experiences in Malawi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jolette Westbrook narrates her photographs