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Margaret Marshall

  • Recognized as a force for change

    May 28, 2015

    “We present the Radcliffe Medal to an individual who has been a powerful and impressive force for change, someone who takes risks and forges ahead. These are hallmarks of Radcliffe.” Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, made this statement in announcing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is this year’s Radcliffe Medal recipient...Moderated by Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M. ’69, a former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, a senior research fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and the 2012 Radcliffe Medalist, “A Decade of Decisions and Dissents” will feature the following panelists: Linda Greenhouse ’68, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School, and former Supreme Court correspondent, The New York Times; Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School; Lauren Sudeall Lucas, J.D. ’05, assistant professor of law, Georgia State University College of Law; John Manning ’82, J.D. ’85, Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

  • Jackson named 2019 president of the Association of American Law Schools

    Vicki Jackson to serve on ALI’s project on campus sexual assault

    February 25, 2015

    Harvard Law School Professor Vicki C. Jackson will serve as reporter for a project, sponsored by the American Law Institute, that will examine college and university procedures surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct on campus.

  • ‘We are Boston’ honors Margaret Marshall

    December 9, 2014

    Add another tribute to the long list of them heaped on Margaret Marshall...over the course of her career. Monday night, the former chief justice of the state’s highest court received the 2014 “We Are Boston Leadership Award,” which honors people and organizations that embrace diversity and immigrant heritage. Marshall, of course, is a native of South Africa and wrote the 2003 Supreme Judicial Court opinion that legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. She was also the first female general counsel of Harvard University.

  • Former Massachusetts SJC Chief Justice to Get Leadership Award

    December 8, 2014

    Margaret Marshall, the former chief justice of the highest court in Massachusetts has been selected to receive an award honoring the accomplishments of people and organizations who embrace diversity. The "We Are Boston Leadership Award" will be presented by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday at the We Are Boston gala.

  • Free speech, press: Discuss

    November 17, 2014

    Time flies. It’s four years since Margaret Marshall retired as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and we haven’t heard much from her in the interim. It’s less than two years since Tony Lewis died, and there’s so much we should have heard from him in that time...She spoke about something she and her husband loved almost as much as each other: the First Amendment. “Tony had strong feelings — very strong — about the First Amendment, about law, justice, and liberty,” she said. “Tony spent a great deal of time with judges and lawyers. It was a close call, but in the end, I think Tony admired journalists more than he admired lawyers and judges.” She paused, as lawyers are wont to do, before adding, “But he did marry a judge.”

  • Margaret Marshall Confirmed 1st Female Chief Justice Of Mass SJC, 15 Years Ago

    October 17, 2014

    Long before there was a United States Supreme Court, before there was even a United States of America, the court today known as the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the law of the land here in the Bay State. Fifteen years ago, for the first time in the court's 300-plus year history, a woman was elevated to serve as chief justice. Perhaps the word that best describes Margaret Marshall’s rise to chief justice of the oldest continuously functioning appellate court in the Western Hemisphere is “improbable.” Marshall was born and raised in small town in Apartheid-era South Africa.

  • Margaret H. Marshall to receive 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award

    August 8, 2014

    Margaret H. Marshall, Harvard Law School senior research fellow and lecturer on law, will receive the American Bar Association’s 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award. A retired chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Marshall is being recognized for her long-term contributions to advancing civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.

  • Ex-SJC chief justice Margaret Marshall to get bar association award

    August 5, 2014

    The American Bar Association will honor Margaret Marshall, former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, with its Thurgood Marshall Award at its annual meeting in Boston. The award recognizes members of the legal profession for long-term contributions to advancing civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights in the United States.

  • A tribute to Nadine Gordimer

    July 28, 2014

    By Margaret H. Marshall. During the long years that I was unable to return to South Africa, where I was born, raised, and lived for the first 25 years of my life, I could spend time with Nadine Gordimer only when she visited Boston. She often stayed with close friends of hers in their home on a quiet, leafy street, close to the center of Harvard. She seemed to thrive during those visits, tasting the freedom that we who are privileged to live here too often take for granted. It was a response I knew well: I had endured the offensive restrictions of apartheid, and breathed deeply on my few visits to the United States before I settled here.

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    In Honor of Nelson Mandela: When, if ever, is violence justifiable in struggles for political or social change? (video)

    March 28, 2014

    A panel of scholars gathered at Harvard Law School March 14 to examine the legacy of Nelson Mandela with a discussion about the use of violence for political or social change.

  • Marshall on marriage equality at ten

    November 13, 2013

    Q&A with Margaret Marshall, who wrote the landmark state ruling allowing gays to wed On Nov. 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court published its…

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    HLS faculty weigh in on Supreme Court rulings

    June 27, 2013

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week on several major cases including United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry in regard to same-sex marriage, Fisher v. University of Texas on Affirmative Action, and Shelby County v. Holder, which concerned the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A number of HLS faculty shared their opinions of the rulings on the radio, television, on the web and in print.

  • Library Exhibit: HLS and the road to gay marriage

    March 31, 2013

    In 1983, Evan Wolfson ’83 authored a prescient third year paper titled “Samesex Marriage and Morality: The Human Rights Vision of the Constitution.” Thirty years…

  • HLS Dean Martha Minow

    Pro Bono Task Force report: ‘If we don’t do it, who will?’

    October 25, 2012

    Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and John Levi ’72, LL.M. ‘73, the chairman of the Legal Services Corporation, presented the report of the Corporation’s Pro Bono Task Force in in HLS’s Wasserstein Hall on Oct. 3, at an event hosted by HLS Professor David Wilkins ‘80, director of the Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. Established in 1974 by President Nixon, the LSC, a private, nonprofit corporation, is the nation’s largest funder of legal aid providers for low-income Americans.

  • Margaret Marshall named Radcliffe Medalist

    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.

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    Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall will join HLS faculty

    December 16, 2011

    Margaret H. Marshall, who served over a decade as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will join the faculty at Harvard Law School this spring as a senior research fellow and lecturer.