Governor’s legal counsel stresses mentor importance

Issue April 2010

William "Mo" Cowan, chief legal counsel for Gov. Deval Patrick, spoke about his path to a legal career and the importance of mentors at an event celebrating the first year of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Mentoring Program. Cowan revealed he originally planned for a career in medicine and said that Patrick is among his many mentors from all walks of life.

The March 4 gathering at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston included a tour of the building, including a stop at the Supreme Judicial Court and its legal exhibits, by SJC Senior Attorney Barbara Berenson.

The MBA Tiered Mentoring Program, created by Norfolk and Probate Judge Angela M. Ordoñez, kicked off in October. The program matched up 40 participants, making 10 groups comprising practicing lawyers and students from Suffolk University Law School, Roxbury Community College and John D. O'Bryant High School in Roxbury.