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Senator Cowan to Speak at BC Law Commencement

2013 news archive


NEWTON, MA–U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D-Mass.) will give the Commencement Address at the 2013 Boston College Law School Commencement on Friday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.

The Law School’s graduation ceremonies will take place at Conte Forum on BC’s Chestnut Hill campus.

"I’m very pleased that Senator Cowan has agreed to address our graduates this year," said BC Law Dean Vincent Rougeau. "He has had a remarkable career as a litigator, has shown great leadership in serving as special district attorney and Governor Patrick’s Chief Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff, and was an excellent choice to fill the vacancy in the US Senate. I think he is an inspiring example for our students, and I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say to the class of 2013.”

William "Mo" Cowan was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Deval L. Patrick on February 1, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John F. Kerry, BC Law ‘76, who was named U.S. Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.

Senator Cowan was born in Yadkinville, North Carolina on April 4, 1969. He graduated from Duke University in 1991 and Northeastern University School of Law in 1994.

Cowan went on to practice as a litigation associate with the Boston firm Peabody and Arnold until 1997, and from 1997 to 2009, he practiced civil litigation as an associate and later as a partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. During his time there, he represented a diverse array of commercial clients in matters involving corporate governance, financial mismanagement and malfeasance and money laundering investigations, as well as clients at trial on cases involving environmental releases and remediation, patent disputes and consumer protection claims.

Senator Cowan served for six months in 2000 as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Middlesex County District Attorney.

In 2009, Senator Cowan went on to serve as Governor Deval Patrick's Chief Legal Counsel, advising the governor on legal and policy issues, judicial selection, legislation and all legal issues concerning the governor and the Office of the Governor. In December 2010, Governor Patrick appointed him to serve as his chief of staff.

Cowan has been recognized as an "Outstanding Young Leader" by the Boston Jaycees (2000), a "Corporate Citizen of the Month" by the Boston Bar Journal (July 2001), a "Top 40 Business Leader Under 40" by the Boston Business Journal (2003) and as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" (2004 - 2010). He also is a certificate recipient from Harvard Business School for the course "Leading Professional Service Firms".

Senator Cowan is active in his community, serving as a director and officer of several not-for-profit organizations over the years. He serves on the Corporation for Northeastern University, as a trustee for the Discovering Justice Foundation, as a trustee for The Chestnut Hill School and as director and officer for Project STEP, Inc.

Senator Cowan is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Commerce, and Small Business Committees.

Senator Cowan resides in Stoughton with his wife, Stacy, and their two young sons.

More information on the Boston College Law School Commencement is available at the school’s Web site,

Boston College Law School opened in 1929 in a small downtown Boston office building with 54 students and two full-time faculty members.  Currently ranked 31st in the country by the annual US News & World Report survey, the law school’s highly qualified students are drawn from more than 230 colleges and universities across the United States, as well as in other countries. The law school’s 12,000 alumni practice in 50 states and many foreign countries, holding positions in major law firms, corporate in-house legal departments, the judiciary, government agencies, private industry, academic and public interest organizations, and serving as elected state legislators and members of the U.S. Congress.