Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will deliver the fall 2010 Paul Tillich Lecture on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Church. The title of the lecture is to be announced.
Marshall is the first woman to serve as chief justice in the 318-year history of the court and the second woman appointed to serve as associate justice. Prior to her appointment to the court, from which she announced her retirement in October, Marshall was vice president and general counsel of Harvard, the first woman to hold that position.
She received a master’s degree in education from Harvard and completed four years of doctoral study at Harvard before studying law at Yale Law School. After practicing law for 16 years in Boston, she became a partner in the Boston firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart. A native of South Africa, upon graduating from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, she served for two years as president of the National Union of South African Students, the only such group to oppose apartheid, the official policy of racial segregation. Marshall has written that she was greatly influenced by Paul Tillich in South Africa.