2017 Great Immigrants Recipient

Margaret H. Marshall
Chief Justice (Retired), Massachusetts Supreme Court
Born in:
South Africa

Margaret H. Marshall served for eleven years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She was the first woman to hold that position in the Court’s more than three hundred year history. Governor William F. Weld first appointed her as an Associate Justice of the Court in 1996. A graduate of Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg, South Africa), Harvard University and Yale Law School, Marshall gained a national reputation for both her landmark decisions and her reforms of the Massachusetts court system. Chief Justice Marshall is presently a senior research fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School. Updated July 2017