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Stephanie Everett
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The Register of Probate and Family Court oversees some of our county's most challenging and sensitive legal cases—those involving families and children. This role demands more than just legal expertise; it requires someone who understands the deeply personal and emotionally charged nature of these cases involved. With those qualifications in mind, in July 2023, Governor Maura Healey appointed Stephanie Everett to this position, making her the first woman of color to hold the post and the sole woman of color in county-wide office in all of Massachusetts.

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Stephanie Everett's journey has been marked by a commitment to public service and a relentless pursuit of justice and equity. Raised in Mattapan, Stephanie was forced to deal personally with family court challenges early on, taking on the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings amidst her mother's mental health struggles and her father's incarceration. Despite experiencing homelessness at 19 after becoming a mother herself, Stephanie was determined to create a better life for her family. She enrolled in school and went on to graduate from Northeastern University in 2002 and earn her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2008.

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Driven by a desire to help those facing struggles similar to hers, Stephanie dedicated her career to public service. She worked as Deputy Chief of Staff of State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, was appointed Chief of Staff to the Department of Transitional Assistance by Governor Deval Patrick, and eventually entered private practice, where she worked to help hundreds of clients dealing with various legal matters. In 2021, Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey appointed Stephanie as the Executive Director for the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency, where she investigated police misconduct complaints and implemented community-driven policing reforms in Boston.

Now, Stephanie is running for a full term as Register of Probate and Family. Leveraging her professional and lived experiences, she aims to ensure the office operates at its highest capacity. More than just efficient, Stephanie envisions an office that deeply understands the complexities of family legal matters and leads with empathy, providing unwavering support and guidance to those in need.

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