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- Martha Coakley** (b. , []) is the [General of Massachusetts]. She was sworn in on , []. The former [Attorney] of [County, Massachusetts], having served from January 1999 to January 2007, she was the District Attorney involved in the forthcoming [Entwistle] double murder trial. Coakley was elected Attorney General in the [general election] as a [], defeating Republican Larry Frisoli with 73% of the vote. She is the first woman to serve as Attorney General in Massachusetts.
[[]] Early career
Coakley began as an associate at the law firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley & White, and later practiced at Goodwin, Procter, and Hoar - both in [Massachusetts].
Assistant District Attorney
She joined the DA's office in 1986 as an Assistant District Attorney in the [Massachusetts] District Court office. A year later, she was invited by the [Justice Department] to join its Boston Organized Crime Strike Force as a Special Attorney. Coakley returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1989 and was appointed the Chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit two years later.
[[]] District Attorney
During her tenure as Chief, District Attorney Coakley investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases, most notably //Commonwealth v. [Woodward]//. In December 1997, Coakley resigned her position to campaign for District Attorney in the 54 cities and towns of Middlesex County. During her term as District Attorney, Coakley has been recognized by [Against Drunk Driving], the Massachusetts School of Law and the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court. In November 2000, the [Bar Association] of Massachusetts honored Coakley with its coveted Leila J. Robinson Award for her contributions to the field of law. In June 2002 - the year she was President of the Massachusetts District Attorney's Association - the [] Boston selected her as a member of its Academy of Women Achievers Class of 2002. In 2004, she received the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Management in Government. She also received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Massachusetts Democratic Party in 2006. A former president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, she has served on the Board of Directors at the [Cancer Institute] and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
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