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Kate Cook's rise to chief legal counsel

On Jan. 4, 2013, Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced senior staff appointments on the eve of a new legislative session. Among the appointments, attorney Kate Cook was named the governor's chief legal counsel.

"Serving as the governor's chief legal counsel is a dream job for me," Cook said. "I am extremely honored and proud to serve the governor in this unique capacity."

Widely reported as the first woman to hold the high-ranking position of chief legal counsel in a Massachusetts governor's office, Cook has served the Patrick administration for more than five years, first as deputy legal counsel, then as the director of Policy and Cabinet Affairs and now as its chief attorney.

"I am continually inspired by the governor's compassion, integrity and intelligence," Cook said. "When it comes to those core principles lawyers embrace - equality, civil rights, civil liberties and doing the right thing - the governor is the real deal. He is such an inspiration and it's contagious for all of us lucky enough to work on his team."

MBA honors best at annual dinner

As scores of Massachusetts Bar Association members filled the Westin Boston Waterfront ballroom for a night of festivities and to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers, attendants also recognized this event as a time to encourage the future good work of others. The dinner, taking place just three weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings, began with a moment of silence.

"Let us reflect and remember ... the four who lost their lives in the senseless, tragic events involving the Boston Marathon" said MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. at the start of the annual dinner.

While the evening was dedicated to honoring the best in the local legal community, there was no denying the lingering presence of recent terrorist attacks on the city of Boston. The evening's distinguished keynote speaker, Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, was proof of that.

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