For Immediate Release - June 06, 2014

AG Coakley Awarded Highest Honor by Fellow Attorneys General

Received National Association of Attorneys General Kelley-Wyman Award; AGO also Received “Best Brief” Award for Supreme Court Brief in McCullen v. Coakley

BOSTON – Attorneys General from across the nation awarded Attorney General Martha Coakley with the group’s highest honor on Thursday evening. AG Coakley was awarded the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Kelley-Wyman Award, given annually to the Attorney General who has done the most to achieve NAAG objectives.

“I am honored to receive this award from my respected colleagues and I am proud of the work that we have accomplished through NAAG,” AG Coakley said. “We worked together to hold financial institutions responsible for the mortgage meltdown and keep people in their homes. Together, we helped to address the nationwide issue of human trafficking, protect consumers, and assist those who have fought for our country.”  

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen presented the award to AG Coakley, citing her substantial contributions to NAAG during her two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General.

“Martha certainly demonstrates the collegial and collaborative efforts that NAAG strives to facilitate among its membership,” said AG Van Hollen in presenting the award. “Her dedication, judgment, and hands-on approach to the office have made the attorneys general with whom she has worked, as well as NAAG as an association, better in numerous and important ways.”

AG Van Hollen cited AG Coakley’s work on behalf of Massachusetts residents and citizens across the country, particularly for being instrumental in the national mortgage foreclosure settlement, the battle against human trafficking, protecting consumer privacy and assisting veterans.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers had nominated AG Coakley for this award, emphasizing AG Coakley’s dedicated service to NAAG over the past eight years.

“Martha deserves to be recognized with this award for her willingness to take on a myriad of responsibilities that were of tremendous benefit to the organization,” said AG Suthers. “Despite philosophical differences she might have had with AG colleagues, as we all do, Martha was always cordial and professional and always looking for ways to bridge differences to arrive at a means to move forward.”

AG Coakley has served on the NAAG executive committee for six years, either as Eastern Region chair or as a presidential appointment. She has also chaired or been a member of at least ten NAAG committees, including the Tobacco Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee. AG Coakley also served on the NAAG Strategic Planning Committee to help develop an Association roadmap over the next five years.

In addition, the AG’s Office was recognized by NAAG for exceptional legal writing for the brief filed with the Supreme Court in the pending case McCullen v. Coakley.  The brief, which defended the constitutionality of the state’s buffer zone law around reproductive health facilities, was filed in November 2013 and oral arguments were heard in January 2014.  The “Best Brief” award by NAAG specifically recognized the legal work of Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Miller, Chief of the AG’s Government Bureau, AAG Jonathan Miller, Chief of the AG’s Civil Rights Division, and AAG Sookyoung Shin.


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