Council Emeritus
Life Member

The Hon. Margaret H. Marshall

Cambridge, MA
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Witwatersrand University
Harvard University, M.Ed
Yale Law School, JD, LL.D

Margaret H. Marshall is Senior Counsel at Choate. Before rejoining the firm, she served for 11 years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts until her retirement in December 2010. She was the first woman to hold that position in the Court’s more than 300-year history.

Justice Marshall was elected to the ALI in 1990 and was elected to the Council in 1999. She previously served as an Adviser on the Restatement Third, Agency project. 

Prior to joining the bench, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Harvard University. Before that, she was an associate, and later a partner, in the Boston law firm of Csaplar & Bok, and a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart. 

In 1966, while living in her native South Africa, she was elected president of the anti-apartheid National Union of South African Students, and served in that capacity until 1968 when she came to the United States to pursue her graduate studies.

EDUCATION: Witwaterstrand University, B.A.; Harvard, M.Ed.; Yale Law School, J.D., LLD.  

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