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The Honorable Deval L. Patrick

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel
Governor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Berkshires, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
To Hew Out Of The Mountain Of Despair A Stone Of Hope.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate General Counsel
Governor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Berkshires, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
To Hew Out Of The Mountain Of Despair A Stone Of Hope.

Birthplace

Born:
7/31/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Deval Patrick was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1956. His father, a musician, left the family while Patrick was young. Patrick was raised by his mother near the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago's South Side. While in the eighth grade, Patrick was recruited into a program called A Better Chance, which provided scholarships to inner city students. After attending an elite private school, Milton Academy outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Patrick was accepted to Harvard University, where he earned his A.B. degree in English and American literature in 1978.

After graduating from Harvard, Patrick was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, where he worked for the United Nations, traveling and living in the Sudan. He returned to the United States in 1979, and enrolled in Harvard Law School, and earned his J.D. degree in 1982. After working as a clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles for a year, Patrick moved to New York City and joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. There, he met, and filed a lawsuit in a voting rights case against then Governor Bill Clinton He remained with the NAACP until 1986, when he joined the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, P.C. as a partner. He continued his civil rights work, and in 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the position of assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. In this role, Patrick worked to ensure that federal laws banning discrimination were enforced. He also oversaw an investigation into a series of church burnings throughout the South.

In 1997, after three years with the Clinton Administration, Patrick returned to private practice with the Boston law firm of Day, Berry & Howard, where he focused his efforts on major commercial litigation and civil rights compliance issues. Patrick then joined Texaco in 1999 as vice president and general counsel, and in 2001, he became executive vice president, general counsel and secretary to the Coca-Cola Company, where he was responsible for the corporation's worldwide legal affairs. Patrick left Coca-Cola in December of 2004.

Patrick serves on the board of directors of Reebok International, Inc, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and A Better Chance, Inc. He is a trustee of the Ford Foundation, and sits on the board of overseers of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Patrick is also the recipient of numerous awards and seven honorary degrees.

He and his wife, Diane Beamus Patrick, have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his father's gift for listening
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about his grandfather's job at South Shore Bank in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about the apartments he lived in as a child in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his childhood neighborhood of Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his experiences in elementary school in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes the origin of his first name
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about his childhood interests and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects on his influences from his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about growing up near the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls gang activity from his childhood in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls the effect of civil strife in the 1960s on his neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about why he chose to leave Chicago, Illinois for high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes the history of Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about his scholarship and involvement with A Better Chance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes the process of adjusting to Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about the influence of his English teacher, A.O. Smith, at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls returning to Chicago, Illinois while on breaks from boarding school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects on the impact that attending Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts had on his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes the educational standards of Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about how he came to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls his experience attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about receiving a Rockefeller Fellowship to live in Sudan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his experience working for a job training program in Sudan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick remembers traveling in Egypt during his year abroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes applying to Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts while living in Sudan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his experiences at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about his summer jobs in corporate law while attending Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his tenure as a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick explains his reasons for working at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his job as a clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects on what he learned as a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls memorable cases from his tenure at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about joining the law firm Hill and Barlow in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his rise to partner at Hill and Barlow in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his responsibilities at Hill and Barlow in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about being considered for the position of United States attorney for Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls being nominated as United States assistant attorney general for civil rights
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls being confirmed as United States assistant attorney general in 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his experiences as United States assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls accompanying President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton to a commencement at Gallaudet University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about advising President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton on the appointment of Justice Stephen Breyer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes forming the National Church Arson Task Force
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his work advising on affirmative action as United States assistant attorney general
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick recalls President Bill Clinton's speech on affirmative action at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about the effects of serving as United States assistant attorney general on his personal life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his tenure working for Texaco
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his tenure as general counsel for The Coca-Cola Company
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects on the responsibilities for African American leaders whose careers symbolize success and progress
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describe some of the challenges faced by The Coca-Cola Company
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick talks about the duties of a general counsel at a major corporation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects on the progress made by African Americans in the corporate realm
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Deval L. Patrick reflects upon his legacy