May 9 Annual Dinner to feature Gov. Patrick as keynote speaker

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
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Gov. Deval L. Patrick

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Gov. Deval L. Patrick will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Dinner set for Thursday, May 9 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

"We are honored to have Gov. Patrick address the Massachusetts legal community at our hallmark event of the association year," MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy said. "His perspective and accomplishments gained through his years as corporate counsel and leadership positions in both state and federal government are admirable and will make for a highly relevant keynote address."

In addition to the keynote address, the event will also feature the presentation of the Annual Access to Justice Awards.

Patrick was first elected as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' governor in 2006 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2010. Committed to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts, the Patrick administration has maintained or expanded the state's investment in critical growth sectors, despite challenging economic times. Under Patrick's leadership, the commonwealth has become as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and IT and a national leader in clean energy -- the home to the country's first offshore wind farm.

As governor, Patrick committed the commonwealth to renewing its aging and neglected infrastructure and oversaw the expansion of affordable health care insurance to over 98 percent of Massachusetts residents. The Patrick administration also accomplished major reforms that had eluded decades of other elected leadership, reforming the state's pension systems, ethics laws and transportation bureaucracy.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Patrick began his legal career clerking for a federal judge and went on to become an attorney and business executive, rising to senior executive positions at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights, the nation's top civil rights post.