UPDATE: We just received word that Attorney General Martha Coakley has cancelled her appearance for this week’s “OPEN HOUSE.”

We regret this last-minute notice.

“OPEN HOUSE” will resume with two musical evenings in May, the first on Tuesday, May 7th and the second on Tuesday, May 14th.

Stay tuned for more details.

“AG Martha Coakley Talks Law & Order, And the Role of the Commonwealth’s Top Cop”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, takes a close look at the Attorney General’s Office in the seventh forum of the 18th season, to be held Thursday, April 18th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman will be very special guest Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. As the Chief Lawyer and law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth, Ms. Coakley is responsible for combating fraud and corruption, protecting civil rights, promoting meaningful economic recovery, and ensuring consumer protection for all. First elected as Attorney General in 2006, Coakley quickly confronted the challenge of addressing the economic crisis that gripped our country shortly thereafter. The Attorney General’s Office became a national leader in holding Wall Street accountable by bringing first-of-their-kind actions against investment giants such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Overall, her office recovered more than $440 million for Massachusetts homeowners and taxpayers and helped keep more than 15,000 people in their homes. Prior to her election as Attorney General, Coakley served for eight years as Middlesex District Attorney.

What is overall mission and role of the Attorney General’s Office? What are the parameters and the decision-making process when a criminal or civil lawsuit is brought against a company? How does the Attorney General’s office work with other agencies when there is overlapping jurisdiction, like the state drug lab scandal? What are the challenges associated with public ethics laws and bringing cases against public officials?

Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum Thursday, April 18th, from 7PM-8:30PM.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.