For Immediate Release - June 10, 2013

AG Coakley Announces New Public Interest Internship and Scholarship for the 2013 Summer Legal Intern Program

Internship in Memory of Nate Downing of AG Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division

BOSTON – Honoring commitment and dedication to public service, Attorney General Martha Coakley announces the establishment of the Nathaniel Downing Public Interest Internship for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s 2013 Legal Intern Program.

The internship is named in honor of Nathaniel S. Downing of Pittsfield, an employee of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division who died unexpectedly last April. Downing was a third year law student at New England School of Law. Prior to his passing Downing discovered his passion for public service, interning at the Supreme Court of the United States before joining the Attorney General’s Office in July 2007 as an investigator, attending law school and becoming a Summer Law Fellow through the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. His work continued a tradition of public service established by his late father, former Berkshire County District Attorney Gerard Downing and brother, Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin B. Downing.

“Nate’s sincere commitment and dedication to his work truly exemplified what it means to take part in public service,” AG Coakley said. “We honor his memory through this internship so that others may experience the values that he embodied and the passion that he discovered.”

“My brother loved his time in the Attorney General's office, but more importantly he loved the chance to try and make Massachusetts a better place,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield). “I know I speak for my entire family when I say we're thrilled that Attorney General Coakley has chosen to remember him in this way.”

Downing’s work as an investigator contributed to the recent plea of a clinical social worker from New Bedford who was sentenced to jail in connection with a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid and Medicare programs of more than $160,000 for services not provided. In his words, Downing believed that working for the Attorney General’s Office “gave [him] a deep personal appreciation not only for the rewards but for the complexities of public service.”

Michelle Bauer of Brookline is the first recipient of the Nathaniel Downing Public Interest Internship. Bauer, a law student at Suffolk University Law School, is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. The 2013 Summer Legal Intern Program runs from June 3 through August 2013. Bauer is one of 43 legal interns participating in the summer program and is the first recipient of this award. As the selected intern, Bauer will receive a scholarship over the course of the summer to help further pursue her goals.

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