Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe is being challenged in the upcoming election on November 4 by attorney Rick Barry of Cotuit.
Excerpts from District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s bio, as provided on his campaign website:
The son of an Irish immigrant, Michael O’Keefe grew up in Waltham and attended Boston College. While attending the New England School of Law at night, O’Keefe worked as a Dennis police officer—an experience he believes has assisted him as a prosecutor.
Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. O’Keefe was hired by a local law firm where he gained criminal, civil and probate experience.
In early 1982, O’Keefe was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District by District Attorney Philip A. Rollins. Although he began his career in the District Attorney’s office prosecuting all types of criminal cases, O’Keefe has tried to conclusion over 250 jury trials. While successfully prosecuting 19 homicide trials, he has also represented the Commonwealth before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court as well as authoring briefs in conjunction with that representation.
In 1994, he was named Prosecutor of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in 2002, he was named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
O’Keefe’s has been honored by Independence House for his fight against domestic violence and was a Founding Partner of Employers Against Domestic Violence. He also was also a member of the Federal-State Anti-Terrorism Task Force, an Executive Board Member of the Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council and was a member of the Attorney General’s Racial Profiling Task Force.
As District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District, O’Keefe created a truancy prevention program to keep children in school. As District Attorney he has twice been elected to the presidency of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association.