For Immediate Release - October 12, 2012

Two Members of AG’s Leadership Team Honored at Women’s Law Event

Maura Healey and Hélène Kazanjian Honored at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law Event

BOSTON – Recognized as women who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions in the fields of social justice and advocacy, Maura Healey, Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, and Hélène Kazanjian, Chief of the AG’s Trial Division, were honored today at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law Event.

“We are incredibly proud that two of our attorneys have received this honor,” said AG Coakley. “Maura and Hélène have dedicated their careers to public service and social justice and both are tireless advocates for the Commonwealth and its citizens. We would like to congratulate them both on receiving this honor and thank them for their significant contributions to the legal community.”

Healey and Kazanjian were among 50 women honored for making great professional strides and demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy.

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 Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau 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. She has also served on numerous task forces and initiatives, including the AG’s Military Veteran and Servicemember Task Force, and worked closely on anti-bullying legislation. In May, she received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association’s Kevin Larkin Memorial Award.

Kazanjian, an experienced trial attorney who has handled more than 100 trials, has served for two years as the Chief of the AG’s Trial Division within the office’s Government Bureau. She has long dedicated her career to public service, serving for 19 years as an assistant U.S. attorney handling civil and criminal cases in Washington, D.C. and Maine. Kazanjian received many accolades for her work at the federal level, being awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an assistant U.S. attorney in 2004, the Inspector General’s Integrity Award in 2003 and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Prosecutorial Award in 2002. Kazanjian was an early advocate of using technology-based support tools in the courtroom and as Chief of the AG’s Trial Division has focused on developing innovative strategies for case management and e-discovery.

Founded in 1972, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper reports news relevant to attorneys in Massachusetts, including state and federal court decisions, changes to court rules, and verdict and settlement reports.


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