Mayor Fuller welcomes the new City Solicitor …

I am so pleased to welcome Alissa (Ali) Ocasio Giuliani as City Solicitor for the City of Newton.

Ali has served as the Legal Advisor and General Counsel for the Boston Public Schools since 2008. In this role, she has managed all aspects of the in-house legal office for the Boston Public Schools, an organization with 125 schools, approximately 10,200 employees, and 55,500 students. She has reported to both the City of Boston Corporation Counsel and to the Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. She has worked directly with the Mayor of Boston, the City’s legal team, department heads, and the School Committee. Her work has spanned civil litigation and employment discrimination to civil rights, special education matters, and contracts. For six years before becoming General Counsel, she served as the Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston Law Department and the Boston Public Schools.

Ali brings not only her deep experience but also a terrific management style to Newton. Ali is a leader and a listener. She is strong, smart and savvy. She will provide sage counsel to the Mayor, the City Council, the School Committee and City and School staff. She will be both a motivator and a capable manager within our Law Department.

I would like to add how grateful I am to Ouida Young for serving as an outstanding Acting City Solicitor for the past ten months. She is an exceptional person and lawyer. For so many, including me, she is the one we have turned to for many years as she is wise, trustworthy, knowledgeable, reliable, caring, grounded, and honest. We have been fortunate to have Ouida here in City Hall.

As many of you know, Ouida is retiring on November 16th. Ali and Ouida have been in close communication already and will be working together during the first two weeks of November. On November 19th, Ali will be sworn in as City Solicitor. Her appointment will be docketed on October 9 and we look forward to a final discussion between Ali and the Honorable City Council in the coming weeks.

On behalf of the City of Newton, I welcome Ali Giuliani and extend my deepest appreciation to Ouida Young.


Ruthanne Fuller

Mayor, City of Newton

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