Jennifer Smith McNulty
Jennifer Smith McNulty

Jennifer Smith McNulty, a 1993 graduate of Eldorado High School, was nominated by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on July 31, 2019, to serve as a Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge.

McNulty, who practices on Cape Cod, is a resident of Sandwich, MA. She was confirmed to the newly created position of circuit judge of the Juvenile Court, Worcester Division, by the Governor’s Executive Council on August, 28, 2019 by a 7-0 vote. She will be sworn in on September 20th.

McNulty has been in private practice since 2010. She has served as the supervising attorney on the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Barnstable and Nantucket counties, which provides legal services for indigent defendants.

Baker said McNulty has worked “in and around the juvenile courts for over a decade,” and that experience has prepared her for judgeship.

McNulty graduated from East Carolina University in May 1997 with a B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society/Criminology. She served as a juvenile court counselor/probation officer for the Department of Juvenile Services in Carteret County, NC from 1997-1999, and a juvenile probation officer/court evaluator for Pima County Juvenile Court Center in Tucson, AZ from 1999-2001.

While attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, she was a clerk/intern for The Honorable C. Phillip Nichols in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro, MD.

After graduating in 2005, McNulty started her legal career in 2006 as an investigator for the Barnstable County Juvenile Court, where she investigated child placement and family dynamics.

A year later, she was hired by Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe as Chief Juvenile Prosecutor.

“She was very, very good as a prosecutor,” O’Keefe said. “She did what should be done in that court. It’s not about convicting kids, it’s about helping them. She’s very good at it.”

O’Keefe said McNulty would be a very good judge.

In 2010, McNulty started a private practice while also working as a juvenile court investigator. Her areas of practice include estate planning - administration, mediations, child custody, guardianships and adoptions. She is also currently certified to handle district and juvenile criminal cases and youthful offender cases. Additionally, she maintained a certification with Children and Family Law to handle “care and protections” and “child in need of services” cases.

Jennifer is married to Col. David McNulty. They have two daughters, Meghan, 19, and Katherine, 14. She is the daughter of Catherine and the late Gary Smith (former publishers of The Eldorado Success), and Susan and Tony Perry.