The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall Closes Annual Lecture Series

The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, presented the Willamette University College of Law 2005 John C. Paulus Lecture on Monday, October 17, 2005. The subject of her presentation was "Justice in Jeopardy: Whither Judicial Independence."

Appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 1999, Marshall is the court's first female chief justice. Born and raised in South Africa, she obtained her B.A. in 1966 from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She went on to earn a master's degree in education from Harvard University and law degree from Yale Law School. In 1992, Marshall was appointed vice president and general counsel of Harvard University; she was the first woman to hold the position.

Marshall's presentation was the final lecture in the College of Law's 10th Annual Speaker Series. In addition to Marshall's talk, the series included lectures by Bruce Botelho, mayor of Juneau, Alaska, and Edith Brown Weiss, chair of the inspection panel of the World Bank.