Lori A. Dumas

Phildelphia, Pennsylvania


As a Judge who has served on the bench for over 12 years, the Honorable Lori A. Dumas is an impactful voice in the City of Philadelphia. Currently serving as a Common Pleas Court Judge in the Philadelphia Family Court - Juvenile Division, Judge Dumas has fought for fair and equal justice in the City for over 20 years.

Judge Dumas is a consummate advocate for children, always aiming to render decisions that serve the “best interests of the child.” Most recently, she has been a leader in guiding the City of Philadelphia in its creation of the First Judicial District's Juvenile Human Trafficking Court to provide services to youth that have been victims of human trafficking.  Prior to her nomination to the bench in 2003 by former Governor Mark Schweiker and confirmation by former Governor Edward Rendell, Judge Dumas owned her own firm for nearly 10 years.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Judge Dumas has worked tirelessly with a number of boards and organizations including: Women Against Abuse, Housing Association of Delaware Valley, NAACP, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Women Against Abuse, Urban League Guild, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a member of The Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where she serves on a number of ministries.  

Her passion and commitment to the legal community have been recognized by her receipt of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award, The Tribune Top Ten People to Watch Under 40, The Philadelphia Barristers Distinguished Under 40 Award for Achievement and Service, The Philadelphia Urban League Young Leader Award, the NCJFCJ’s Innovator of the Year Award, and countless other awards from notable organizations.

A native Philadelphian, Judge Dumas received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University. After obtaining her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she was a contributing author to the Law Review, she returned to her hometown. As a devoted public servant and talented professional, The Honorable Lori A. Dumas seeks to ensure justice for the children, families, and communities that she serves.