Margaret H. Marshall ’76 J.D., ’12 LL.D.
Margaret H. Marshall is the retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She is presently Senior Counsel at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP in Boston, MA. and a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School. Born in South Africa, she earned a B.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. After graduating from Yale Law School, she practiced law for sixteen years and was a partner in the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. She served as Vice President and General Counsel of Harvard University from 1992 until 1996, when she was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Chief Justice Marshall, who became a United States citizen in 1978, has been involved in numerous professional and community activities. She served as President of the United States Conference of Chief Justices, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Committee on Science, Technology and Law of the National Academies. She is Chair of the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation. She is the recipient of many honorary degrees and other professional awards. She has been a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee since 1991, received the Yale Law School Alumni Award of Merit in 2006 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale University in 2012. Chief Justice Marshall was elected Alumni Fellow in 2004 and served on the Corporation until 2010. She was appointed Successor Trustee in 2012.