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March 25, 2008
The Indiana Supreme Court Lecture
Anatomy of Freedom: John Adams on a Global Scale

Speaker: Hon. Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Contact Shaun Ingram for more information: (317) 278-4789 or

1.0 Hours of Indiana CLE Credit available (no fee, however sign-in is required)

Margaret H. Marshall is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Appointed to her position in 1999, she is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice, and the second woman appointed to serve as an Associate Justice of that court.

Born and raised in South Africa, Chief Justice Marshall obtained her B.A. in 1966 from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. While an undergraduate, she was elected president of the National Union of South African Students, at the time a leading anti-apartheid organization. She came to the United States to pursue her master’s degree at Harvard. Later, she was unable to return to South Africa because of her activities opposing apartheid.

She received a master’s degree in education from Harvard in 1969 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976. Following graduation, she practiced law for sixteen years in Boston, becoming a partner in the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. She became a U.S. citizen in 1978, and in 1992 was the first woman to be appointed Vice President and General Counsel of Harvard University. She was first appointed to the bench in 1996.

Chief Justice Marshall serves on the Boards of the Conference of Chief Justices and the National Center for State Courts. Before her appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court, she served as President of the Boston Bar Association and was a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, both in Massachusetts and nationally. She was a trustee of The Africa Fund, a member of the board of Africa News, and serves as a trustee of Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation. In 1999, Chief Justice Marshall was elected to the Council of the American Law Institute. She has served on numerous other civic and charitable boards.

Chief Justice Marshall’s lecture is sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court.