The Honorable Lori A. Dumas has served on the Bench for over 18 years. She served as a Common Pleas Court Judge in the Philadelphia Family Court - Juvenile Division where she fought for fair and equal justice for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children and families. Judge Dumas’s experience is vast and diverse, having presided over literally thousands of trials.in the Family Court, the Criminal Division, and the Civil Divisions.
Judge Dumas has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in the fight against Human Trafficking, shepherding the creation of the First Judicial District's Juvenile Human Trafficking Court in Philadelphia, which provides needed youth services to victims of exploitation and trauma because of commercialized trafficking.
Judge Dumas also serves as the local Chair of a national anti-violence program which uses literacy as a therapeutic tool to assist youth who have been traumatized by violence.
Judge Dumas has a track record of giving back to the community by working tirelessly with several boards and organizations including: The Mann Center, Dream Camp Foundation, Penn’s Village, Philadelphia Triple Threat, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Northwest Victim Services, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Incorporated. She is also a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Campaign to Stop Violence, and a former officer of the Juvenile Court Judges Commission. In addition, Judge Dumas also served on several committees of the First Judicial District such as the Elder Justice Task Force and the Juvenile and Education Committees, just to name.
Judge Dumas is a graduate of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, DiverseForce Board Governance Program and is also a Georgetown Fellow, specializing in Systems which serve Crossover Youth, she holds a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is licensed in the state as a Personal Care Home Administrator.
Judge Dumas received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Duke University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she was a distinguished member of The Law Review.