Voices of the Bar 1/12/17: What Part of Chief Justice Marshall’s Legacy Means the Most to You?

Boston Bar Foundation’s annual John & Abigail Adams Benefit is in less than two weeks, and the event will honor Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, whose work as a champion for equal justice cannot be summed up in one e-mail. As we prepare for Jan. 28, we have launched a #ThankYouJusticeMarshall Twitter campaign, and we wanted to hear from members regarding what they most admire about Chief Justice Marshall’s work.

For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:

“What part of Chief Justice Margaret Marshall’s legacy has had the greatest impact on you?”

William Hannum – Schwartz Hannum
“The courage and wisdom of the Chief Justice’s Goodridge decision is an inspiring reminder of what the practice of law can be, and what it can mean to people, when we bring our best selves to the practice.”

Eric Gyllenborg – Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster
“Her extremely successful effort in 2002 to streamline the entire court system throughout Massachusetts.”


Diana Lloyd – Choate, Hall & Stewart
“The Chief has devoted much of her life to fighting for equal access to justice – from her days fighting apartheid in South Africa to her courageous and ground-breaking decision in Goodridge.

Anthony Froio, Boston Bar Foundation President – Robins Kaplan
“Chief Justice Marshall has had not only a groundbreaking career as a student anti-apartheid leader, attorney, jurist, and mentor, she also has had a profound impact on legal history through her 2003 opinion announcing the SJC’s decision on marriage equality in Massachusetts.We are enormously proud to honor her at the Adams Benefit.”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at lditullio@bostonbar.org.