Hon. Mo Cowan ’94

Through my co-ops and coursework, I discovered my true professional passions, learned about the value of being a good corporate citizen and focused on how to use my professional skills to help people.

Hon. Mo Cowan ’94

As a US Senator, the Hon. William “Mo” Cowan ’94 held fast to his belief that lawyers and politicians must put their clients’ and constituents’ needs first. “It should always be about the people for whom you work or serve,” says Senator Cowan, whose resume includes a partnership with the law firm Mintz Levin and appointments as chief legal counsel and chief of staff for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

As a member of the Senate, Senator Cowan championed immigration reform, supported an extension of the Violence Against Women Act and participated in a bipartisan coalition to provide disaster relief to New England’s fishing industry. “At Northeastern, I learned about the law and about being a professional,” recalls Senator Cowan, now president of global affairs and policy for General Electric. “Through my co-ops and coursework, I discovered my true professional passions, learned about the value of being a good corporate citizen and focused on how to use my professional skills to help people.”

Co-op

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts

On his first co-op, Senator Cowan honed his writing skills under the supervision of Judge Patti Saris.

Activities
  • Black Law Students Assocation
Co-op

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Raleigh, North Carolina

Senator Cowan joined staff attorneys in their work to correct unlawful criminal sentences and advocate for safe, humane and constitutional prison conditions.

Co-op

Peabody & Arnold, Boston, Massachusetts

In downtown Boston, Senator Cowan focused on civil litigation and corporate matters.

 

Co-op

Office of the Public Defender, Palm Beach County, Florida

On co-op in Florida, Senator Cowan explored his interest in criminal law and came to the conclusion that business law would be his post-graduate path.

After Graduation

Associate, Peabody & Arnold, Boston, Massachusetts

Next
  • Partner, Mintz Levin, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chief Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff, Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Senator, United States Senate (appointed to fill seat vacated by the Hon. John Kerry), Washington, DC
  • President and CEO, ML Strategies, and Of Counsel, Mintz Levin, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Vice President of Legal Policy and Litigation, General Electric, Boston, Massachusetts
Now

President, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric, Boston, Massachusetts

Result

A leader in both the public and private sectors who connects with communities.