Mass. Attorney General to Speak at BC Town Hall

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will headline a town hall event next Tuesday. The event, organized by the College Democrats of Boston College (CDBC) and the Bellarmine Pre-Law Society, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121, and doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The town hall will begin with a panel discussion addressing questions concerning her career, President Donald Trump’s administration, and issues pertinent to college students. Afterward, members of the audience members will be able to present their own questions.

Healy was elected into her current position in 2014, making her the first openly gay attorney general in the country. Prior to that, she served as the chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s office. In this capacity, she led Massachusetts’s 2007 challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defined marriage as a union of between a man and a woman at the federal level. Following this, she was appointed the Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau and later the Business and Labor Bureau.

As Attorney General, Healey has challenged several of Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries. Recently, she has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the planned inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.

At the state level, she has started an investigation into 21 state troopers who were discovered to have been skipping out on patrols while still receiving overtime pay. In 2015, she created the Community Engagement Division, which has launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives including the Earned Sick Time law and Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, according to Mass.gov.

Healey graduated from Harvard University in 1992 before traveling to Austria, where she spent two years playing professional basketball. After returning to the United States, she attended Northeastern University School of Law, where she obtained a law degree in 1998.

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