For Immediate Release - May 04, 2012

AG Bureau Chief Maura Healey Presented With Kevin Larkin Memorial Award

BOSTON – Honored for her leadership and continued work to protect the civil rights of all citizens of the Commonwealth, Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau (PPAB) Chief Maura Healey will be presented tonight with the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award at the 27th Annual Dinner for the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.

“We are extremely proud of Maura’s work to protect the civil rights of all our residents, including members of the LGBTQ community,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said. “Maura is a tireless advocate whose passion to serve is an inspiration to us all as she continues to demonstrate the ability to think innovatively about the core issues central to the fight for equality.”

Long committed to public service, Healey served for five years as chief of the Civil Rights Division in the AG’s Office before assuming her current position as chief of the PPAB in February. Healey led the Commonwealth’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in Federal District Court in July 2010 and recently presented the Commonwealth’s case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” Healey said. “Our office has been a national leader on civil rights issues under the leadership of Attorney General Coakley. It is a privilege to work with terrific colleagues across this office on matters of public interest, including the team that worked on the DOMA challenge.”

Since joining the AG’s office in 2007, Healey has overseen investigation and prosecution of civil rights cases in areas such as mortgage lending, housing, education, public accommodation, health care, and hate crimes.  Prior to joining the office, Maura was an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, and government investigations.  She is a former Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She is co-chair of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section and a member of the BBA’s Legal Services Committee for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families and the Board of Advisers for the American Constitution Society for Boston. She was a law clerk to Judge A. David Mazzone of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Maura is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Founded in 1985, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association is a voluntary state-wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lawyers, providing a visible LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community. The association promotes justice for all without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The annual dinner is an opportunity for the association to gather and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the organization and its members for the previous year as well as look forward to plans for the year ahead.

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