McKenna is not qualified for office.
Jim worked as a prosecutor for 10 years, gaining perspective and experience by serving in three different offices. He prosecuted public corruption and organized crime in Boston for three years while serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Organized Crime Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Jim also served for six years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Worcester County District Attorney’s office, which work included two years as supervisor of the Grand Jury Unit. He began his work as a prosecutor by serving in the Civil Division of the Franklin County [Ohio] Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
In 1998, Jim moved to private practice, but also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney concerning a case on which he had worked while a full-time prosecutor. Specifically, he represented the Commonwealth before the Supreme Judicial Court in support of the first-degree murder conviction of the murderer of Paxton Police Chief Robert Mortell. That conviction was affirmed, as were all others in that case. Commonwealth v. Souza, 428 Mass. 478 (1998).
Since then, Jim has worked in the private sector, primarily doing civil litigation (insurance defense) on both the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim also served a campaign coordinator for Greg White’s Campaign for Worcester County District Attorney in 2002, and as campaign chair for Steve Paige’s campaign for state senate in 2004. Most recently, Jim served as chief legal counsel for Mary Z. Connaughton’s campaign for Auditor.
In addition, for the last 17 years, Jim has taught courses on law and ethics as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the part-time MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Management. Last year, BusinessWeek ranked that program 9th nationally. This year, BusinessWeek ranked that program 1st – with UCLA, UC (Berkeley), Nebraska and Michigan rounding out the top five.
For the last 5 years, Jim has served on the Board of Trustees of Quinsigamond Community College.
Jim looks forward to representing and defending the residents of Massachusetts as Attorney General. His experience in both public and private practice, combined with his proven record in both criminal and civil matters of the law, make him an extremely qualified Attorney General.
Pretty much blows away that comment.