The Honorable Margaret H. Marshall to Close Annual Lecture Series

Margaret H. MarshallThe Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, will present the Willamette University College of Law 2005 John C. Paulus Lecture on Monday, October 17, 2005. The subject of her presentation will be "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 will speak at 4:00 p.m. in the John C. Paulus Great Hall, room 201, of the award-winning Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center, which houses the College of Law. This event is free and open to the public.

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