James Philip “Jim” McKenna is an attorney and ethics professor from Massachusetts. In 2010, he ran a successful, state-wide, write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for Massachusetts Attorney General. On September 14, 2010, McKenna received 27,711 certified votes in the Republican primary, setting the record for the most write-in votes in a Massachusetts state election.
McKenna went to St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. There, he earned the first Brother Nathan Award for excellence in social studies, and became a National Merit Scholar. After graduating from St. John’s, McKenna went to the College of the Holy Cross, where he majored in Political Science McKenna attended Boston College Law School, from which he graduated in 1986. That year, McKenna was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. After law school, McKenna worked for the New Hampshire Office of Legislative Services, in Concord, New Hampshire, as a Legislative Bill Drafter. In that capacity, he consulted with legislators and drafted legislation, including the bill that created the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation.
In 1987, McKenna moved to Ohio, where he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Columbus. He left the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in 1992, joining the
Worcester County DA’s office for six years. For the last 12 years he has
been in private practice. For the last 17 years, Jim has taught courses on law and ethics as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the part-time MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, McKenna has served on the Board of Trustees at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester since 2005 and ended his term earlier this year.