Monday, November 14
11:30 a.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center Ballroom
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The Role of the US Attorney’s Office and High-Profile Cases

Event, Lecture

carmen-ortizCarmen M. Ortiz
United States Attorney
District of Massachusetts

Carmen M. Ortiz was nominated by President Barack Obama, as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. She is the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney. She oversees the work of more than 200 attorneys and support staff in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

In 2010, she implemented the District’s first civil rights initiative, aimed at reinvigorating enforcement efforts of federal civil rights laws and increasing visibility among affected communities through extensive community outreach efforts. During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Ortiz has overseen the criminal prosecutions of corrupt Massachusetts Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Additionally, she has led the District of Massachusetts to some of the largest civil settlements in U.S. history, including that of health care giant, GlaxoSmithKline. From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Ortiz served as Co-Chair of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Fraud Working Group and is a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s (AGAC) subcommittees on Civil Rights, White Collar Crime and Cyber Crimes. From 2012 until January 2014, she served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Massachusetts), and served as Grand Jury Supervisor. Ms. Ortiz also served for eight years as a state prosecutor, in Middlesex County, where she oversaw the District Court, and prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and other felony cases.

In addition to her public service, Ms. Ortiz was a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Morisi & Associates, P.C., concentrating on civil, criminal, and governmental agency litigation. She also was a Program Associate and Training Coordinator at the Harvard Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice (1989-1991). There she worked on the Harvard/Guatemala Criminal Justice Project, which entailed collaborating with the judiciary of Guatemala and other professionals to implement criminal justice reforms. In 1991, on behalf of the National Football League, Ms. Ortiz investigated allegations of sexual harassment made by a sportswriter against the New England Patriots. In 1992, she was part of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee team that investigated “October Surprise”, the Congressional inquiry into allegations that members of the 1980 Reagan-Bush presidential campaign delayed the release of 52 Americans held hostage by Iran.

Ms. Ortiz is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D.) and Adelphi University (B.B.A.).

Awards and honors include: 2016: Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color, Get Konnected 100; The Belva Ann Lockwood Award, Law Association of Women, George Washington University Law School; Outstanding Prosecutor Award, International Organization of Asian Crime Investigators and Specialists. 2014: Latina Lawyer of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association; 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts, El Planeta Newspaper (2011 – 2014, 2016). 2013 : New England Women’s Leadership Award; Power 50 Honoree, Boston Business Journal. 2012: Bostonian of the Year, The Boston Globe; Latina of the Year, El Mundo Newspaper; 50 Most Powerful People in Boston, Boston Magazine; Pinnacle Award Honoree, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Network; Community Service Award, Mass. Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers; Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, New England Law | Boston and Adelphi University. 2011: First One Award, uAspire; Outstanding Contributions to the Community, Beth Israel Deaconess; Las Primeras Award for Exemplary Achievement, Mass. Association of Hispanic Attorneys. 2010: President’s Award, Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation; J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award, George Washington University Law School; Pioneering Women of Color Award, Mass. Women’s Bar Association; Lifetime Achievement Award, La Alianza Hispana.

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