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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
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MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus presents the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award to Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall.

On 10th anniversary, Chief Justice Marshall recognized with Hennessey Award

View photos and video of Marshall's annual address to the legal community and the presentation of the Hennessey award

On her tenth anniversary leading the Supreme Judicial Court, Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall received the Massachusetts Bar Association's Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award.

Marshall was recognized with the award at the Fourth Annual Bench-Bar Symposium, which was held Oct. 21 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. The honor has been bestowed only five times, including when it was originally given to SJC Chief Justice Hennessey in 1988.

Marshall is the first woman to serve as chief justice and just the second to serve as an associate justice. Former Gov. William Weld appointed Marshall to the SJC in 1996, and in 1999, she was appointed chief justice by former Gov. A. Paul Cellucci in 1999 and began her term on Oct. 14, 1999.

Cellucci, now special counsel to McCarter & English LLP in Boston, told the audience he based his decision on intellect, courage and leadership.

"I had the great honor of elevating Margaret Marshall to be chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court," he said. "The head of our state's judicial branch has to be an exceptional person."

Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, who succeeded Marshall as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, also applauded Marshall.

"She is alive to the promise of the American justice system," Durham said, " … and she is alive to defending and preserving it."

In presenting the award, MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus said, "She has surpassed all of our highest expectations," noting in particular Marshall's commitment to access to justice.

Click here to view photos from the Fourth Annual
Bench-Bar Symposium.

Click here to view Chief Justice Marshall's
annual address to the legal community.

Click here to view the presentation of the
Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award to Chief Justice Marshall.

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