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."
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
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.