Center for Women in Law

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October 23, 2012

Michele Coleman Mayes and Margaret Hilary Marshall Honored with the American Lawyers’ 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

Michele Coleman Mayes and Margaret Hilary Marshall have been honored by the American Lawyer Awards with 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize experienced lawyers who have made a significant positive impact on law and society.

Michele Coleman Mayes is General Counsel for the New York Public Library. She has twice been recognized as one of the most influential General Counsel in America, by The National Law Journal in 2009 and by Ethisphere Institute in 2011. In addition to the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Michele has been the recipient of awards such as The Margaret Brent Award and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Trailblazer Award. Her advocacy for pro bono and diversity work, as well as her passion for mentoring young women on the rise, has shaped Michele’s inspirational legacy. Michele will be chairing the Center for Women in Law’s upcoming 2013 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership.

Margaret Hilary Marshall is Senior Counsel for Choate Hall & Stewart. Her work focuses primarily on the firm’s community outreach, pro bono & diversity programs, and matching senior level counsel to clients on special projects. She has won many commendations, including the American Bar Association’s Pursuit of Justice Award. In the past, Margaret was Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for eleven years, where she made many landmark decisions. She was the first woman to hold that position in the Court’s over three hundred year history.

The Center for Women in Law congratulates Michele and Margaret on this well-deserved honor.