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Maura Healey (1971) is a Massachusetts lawyer who has worked as an assistant attorney general to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. In 2013, she announced her intention to run for Attorney General as Coakley's successor in the 2014 state elections.

Healey has served as chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, Business and Labor Bureau and Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office since being hired in 2007.[1] Healey is known for spearheading the efforts of the office in the state’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). She led the winning arguments for Massachusetts in America’s first lawsuit striking down the law. [2]

Career

Healey began her legal career by clerking for Hon. A. David Mazzone of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, where she prepared monthly compliance reports on the cleanup of the Boston Harbor and assisted the judge with trials, hearings and case conferences. Healey subsequently spent more than 7 years at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she worked as an associate and then junior partner. While at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Healey’s focus was on commercial and securities litigation.

She also served as a special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, where she tried drug, assault, domestic violence and motor vehicle cases in bench and jury sessions and argued bail hearings, motions to suppress, and probation violations and surrenders.

As a division chief and bureau head in the Attorney General’s Office, Healey supervised the areas of consumer protection, fair labor, ratepayer advocacy, environmental protection, health care, insurance and financial services, civil rights, antitrust, Medicaid fraud, not-for-profit organizations and charities, and business, technology and economic development.[1]

Healey also served on several task forces including AG’s Military Veteran and Servicemember Task Force, and worked closely on anti-bullying legislation.[3] The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association honored Healey for her work on the DOMA case and her work protecting the civil rights of all citizens of the state in 2012 by presenting her with the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award.[4]

Political campaign

In October 2013, Healey announced her intention to run for Attorney General as Coakley's successor. Healey's campaign has been endorsed by state Senators Stan Rosenberg, Dan Wolf, Jamie Eldridge, and America's largest resource for women in politics, EMILY's List.[5] [6] Her campaign has also been endorsed by Northeast District Attorney David Sullivan, MassEquality and the Victory Fund. [7] [8] Healey penned an OpEd in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette on upholding the Massachusetts buffer zone law, which she worked on while in the Attorney General’s Office. [9] She also authored an OpEd in the Boston Globe outlining her plan to combat student loan predators. [10] [11] [12]

Personal life

Healey grew up as the oldest of five brothers and sisters. Her mother was a nurse at a school, while her father was captain in the Navy and an engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached sports in high school. Her family roots are in Newburyport and the North Shore area.

She is openly gay, and lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts with her partner.[2][13]

Education

Healey attended public high school and majored in government at Harvard College, graduating cum laude in 1992. At Harvard, she was captain of the women’s basketball team.[14] [15] After graduation, Healey spent two years playing as a starting point guard for a professional basketball team in Austria, UBBC Wustenrot Salzburg. Upon returning to the United States, Healey obtained her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1998.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press. Coakley Aide Announces Run For Mass. Attorney General. WBUR. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Levenson, Michael. Martha Coakley aide seeks her post. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
  3. Two Members of AG’s Leadership Team Honored at Women’s Law Event.
  4. AG Bureau Chief Maura Healey Presented With Kevin Larkin Memorial Award.
  5. Rizzuto, Robert. Attorney general hopeful Maura Healey lands endorsements from Rosenberg, Dan Wolf, Jamie Eldridge. MassLive. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
  6. Bernstein, David. EMILY’s List Is Endorsing Maura Healey and Deb Goldberg. Boston Daily. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  7. Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan endorses Maura Healey for attorney general. Retrieved on 7 February 2014.
  8. Bay Windows: Healey Wins Endorsement of The Victory Fund, MassEquality Political Action Committee. Retrieved on 7 February 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Schoenberg, Shira. Massachusetts Attorney General candidate Maura Healey says experience in AG's office prepared her for the top job. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  10. Healey, Maura. Stopping student loan predators. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  11. Mass. AG hopeful Maura Healey calls for tougher oversight of for-profit colleges. Associated Press. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  12. Associated Press. Mass. AG hopeful: Crack down on for-profit schools. The Washington Times. Retrieved on 7 March 2014.
  13. Maura Healey Talks Historic Campaign for Attorney General in Massachusetts
  14. A strong early prospect for AG race. Retrieved on 7 February 2014.
  15. Star Still Rising for W. Cagers' Captain Maura Healey. Retrieved on 7 February 2014.


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