For Immediate Release - February 04, 2010


BOSTON - Thursday, February 4, 2010 - Governor Patrick today announced the appointment of Paula Mangum of Wareham to the State Ethics Commission. Mangum replaces outgoing Commissioner Matthew Kane whose term has expired.

"Paula Mangum's broad experience and deep commitment to public service are truly exemplary," said Governor Patrick. "Her work ethic, demeanor, integrity, and sense of fairness will serve the public well on the Ethics Commission.

Mangum is a sole practitioner with a particular focus on domestic relations and employment law. She previously served as Assistant District Attorney for Bristol County and as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. As the Legal Director for the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, she supervised the delivery of legal services to survivors of sexual assault, and provided outreach and support to the community on legal issues related to sexual assault.

Prior to her work in Massachusetts, Mangum worked to promote economic development and community revitalization for former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton's Office of Community Development. Mangum is an adjunct professor of law at both New England School of Law and Pine Manor College. She has published a number of articles in academic journals relating to representing sexual assault victims in court and served as editor/co-editor for community rape crisis center publications both in Massachusetts and West Virginia.

Mangum is a graduate of Pine Manor College and Boston College Law School. Members of the Ethics Commission serve five-year terms.