First Assistant Inspector General Natalie S. Monroe was named as one of the 2015 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
A panel made up of judges from the legal community and members of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s editorial staff selected Monroe as one of 50 individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession while also serving as role models for young women entering the law. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly highlighted Monroe’s years of work in public service, including her exceptional work as the First Assistant Inspector General, in announcing her selection for the honor. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly held an awards dinner for all of the honorees on October 28, 2015 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.
Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha appointed Monroe as First Assistant in September 2012. Prior to that, she served as the head of the Appeals Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau. In that capacity, Monroe worked on numerous criminal prosecutions and investigations, and also regularly represented the Commonwealth in state and federal court, including responding to petitions for writ of certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court challenging Massachusetts criminal convictions. Monroe also served as an Administrative Magistrate for the Commonwealth’s Division of Administrative Law Appeals. Before entering public service, Monroe was a partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston, where she handled complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal investigations, including cases involving fraud, theft and embezzlement.
In addition to other civic activities, Monroe is on the Editorial Board of The Massachusetts Law Review. She also served on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Study Group on Eyewitness Evidence, which was charged with providing guidance to the Court on the use of eyewitness identifications in criminal proceedings. Monroe is a graduate of Harvard Law School.