Dermot Meagher

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Dermot Meagher
Judge of the Boston Municipal Court
In office
Appointed by Michael Dukakis
Personal details
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B.)
Boston College Law School (LL.B.)

Dermot Meagher is a former judge of the Boston Municipal Court. Meagher was the first openly gay judge appointed in Massachusetts.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Meagher received an A.B. from Harvard University and an LL.B. from Boston College Law School.[3]

Judicial service[edit]

Meagher first applied to be considered for a judicial appointment in Massachusetts in 1985.[1] In 1989, Governor Michael Dukakis selected Meagher to serve on the Boston Municipal Court.[1] Meagher was sworn in on May 3, 1989.[1]


Meagher is a recovering alcoholic who achieved sobriety in 1975; he came out of the closet shortly thereafter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Chuck Colbert, A Judicial Orientation Archived 2011-04-27 at the Wayback Machine., Boston Spirit Magazine (November 18, 2008).
  2. ^ a b Loren King, Retired Judge Dermot Meagher shares tales from the inner sanctum in his new book, "Judge Sentences.", Provincetown Banner (September 18, 2010).
  3. ^ Judge Profile: Dermot Meagher, Martindale.