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OPIA’s Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General Fellowship Information Session

September 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn more about the new Justice Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship for Lawyers. Fellows will develop core legal skills while getting an authentic experience of work as a government lawyer in an independent state agency dedicated to the promotion of good government and responsible stewardship of public assets. The fellowship runs a two-year term, and the fellow will be paired with an attorney mentor. Come hear Senior Counsel, Maya French and Lead Counsel, William J. Durkin talk about the fellowship and ask any questions you have about this new opportunity.

Non-pizza lunch provided.


Maya French joined the Legal Division at the Office of the Inspector General in November 2012 as part of the Hinton Drug Laboratory Investigation Team, which won a 2014 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. In addition to investigatory and legal work for the Office, Maya provides guidance to local officials on procurement-related matters.

Prior to joining the Office, Maya spent several years as a town legislator, and participated in approving operating budgets, capital expenditures and advocating for changes in local regulations and by-laws.

Maya received her B.A. in English from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and her J.D. (cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School.


Bill Durkin is Lead Counsel for the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU), which pursues civil actions to recover funds on behalf of the Commonwealth and local governments when they have suffered a monetary loss due to fraud or other wrongful activity. The CRU was established in January 2019.

Prior to joining the office, Bill worked for an international law firm in Boston. There he counseled companies and individuals in litigation and investigations by federal and state regulators and law enforcement. He also represented clients in commercial disputes in federal and state courts.

In 2015 Bill served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where he prosecuted a range of criminal offenses, including drug, property and motor vehicle crimes. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Milkey of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Bill earned a B.A. in political science from Northeastern University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude.


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September 27, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WCC 3009 Room