May 31, 2012
Margaret H. Marshall, senior research fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, was recently awarded the Radcliffe Institute Medal. Marshall, who is former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court and senior counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP, gave the keynote address during the Radcliffe Day luncheon on May 25.
Born in South Africa, Marshall graduated from Yale Law School and practiced in Boston before becoming vice president and general counsel for Harvard University in 1992. She was first appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court in 1996 and three years later became its first female chief justice.
Marshall is a member of the council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and professional awards, she has published many scholarly articles on judicial independence and the role of state courts in the United States.
For additional coverage, including audio of Marshall's speech, visit HarvardMagazine.com.