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As attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey ’98 is putting the people first in every regard. “For me, that means an attorney general who is an advocate for consumers, who fights for civil rights, stands up for those who are vulnerable — people with disabilities, seniors, children — takes on issues of gun violence, prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, and is there to exercise the authorities of that office to advocate for and better protect the public interest,” says Healey, who oversaw the office's bureaus of Public Protection and Advocacy and Business and Labor prior to running for the top spot.

After graduating from Harvard, Healey decided to pursue a legal career focused on social justice. “I was very intentional about my decision to go to Northeastern,” says Healey, who successfully argued the state’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2012. “I went to Northeastern because it is the country’s leading public interest law school.” 

In addition her service with the AG’s office, Healey worked as a prosecutor at the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and handled commercial and securities litigation with Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale), a leading global law firm.

In her January 2015 inaugural address, Healey, the nation's first openly gay state attorney general, promised her office would be “guided by the values of responsiveness, inclusion and integrity.”

Co-op 1

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston

On her first co-op, Maura honed her research and writing skills in the federal courthouse.

Co-op 2

Reebok International, Stoughton (Mass.)

Maura worked with Reebok’s in-house legal team, familiarizing herself with both the legal and business sides of running a major corporation.

Co-op 3

Hale and Dorr, Boston

In downtown Boston, Maura focused on commercial and securities litigation. This co-op ultimately led to a job offer; Maura joined the firm after completing a post-graduate federal clerkship.

Electives

  • Secured Transactions
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Disability Law
  • Tax I and Tax II

Co-op 4

Geer, Wissel & Levy, Albuquerque

On co-op in New Mexico, Maura worked with a team of attorneys focused on family law and domestic relations.

After graduation

Clerk, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston

After graduating, Maura secured a prestigious federal clerkship with the Honorable A. David Mazzone.

Next

Associate, Hale and Dorr

Maura spent seven years in private practice with Hale and Dorr. She then served as a special assistant district attorney before joining the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in 2007.

Now

Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The nation’s first openly gay state attorney general, Maura is both enforcing state law and reaching out to communities as she tackles challenges related to drug addiction, gambling, corruption and more.

Result

A truly committed champion of justice, best known as “the people’s lawyer.”