Margaret Hilary Marshall, B.A., M.A., ’76 J.D., ’12 LL.D.
Margaret H. Marshall is a retired chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
She is presently senior counsel at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston 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 from 1992 until 1996, when she was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Chief Justice Marshall, who became a U.S. citizen in 1978, served as president of the United States Conference of Chief Justices and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of many honorary degrees and other professional awards, including the Yale Law School Alumni Award of Merit in 2006 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale in 2012. She has been a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee since 1991. Chief Justice Marshall was elected Alumni Fellow in 2004 and served on the Corporation until 2010. She was appointed Successor Trustee in 2012, and Senior Fellow in 2013.