U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s secrets to success: Get educated, work hard, be nice
Published on MassLive on October 28, 2015
SPRINGFIELD — As a teenager, Carmen Ortiz used to watch “Perry Mason” on a small television in the apartment she shared with her family in Spanish Harlem.
“I loved the drama, the intensity of the courtroom, and it made me want to be a lawyer,” said Ortiz, who accomplished her dream and then some when she was appointed by President Barack Obama six years ago as the first woman and Latina to serve as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.
“While many different factors have propelled me into this position, the importance and the accomplishment of this is not lost on me. In fact, it is a source of strength and inspiration,” Ortiz said to a large crowd gathered at the MassMutual Center for the 11th annual “Through Her Eyes” conference organized by the Center for Human Development and Springfield College.
“What we do is put together a number of workshops and speakers who can address issues that pertain specifically to girls including social issues they encounter. The conferences focus on the most current methods and best practices to provide quality services to girls and young women,” said John Roberson, vice president of family and adolescent services for CHD.