Foley Hoag Partner Michael B. Keating Receives Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall Award

Honor Given by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

September 20, 2013

Foley Hoag LLP partner Michael B. Keating was the recipient of the Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall Award, presented by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) at its Sixth Annual Constitution Day Celebration on September 19 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

In announcing Keating's award, the ACS said “Mr. Keating is being recognized for his long-standing and intensive efforts to promote equal access to justice, judicial independence and adequate funding for our judicial branch. Among the many services he has performed in the cause of an accessible, affordable and effective judicial system are his stint as Chairman of the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board and his pro bono representation of a Boston Municipal Court judge in an investigation of the judge’s independence and fairness.”

Also given this award was Shanna Cleveland, an environmental lawyer with the Conservation Law Foundation.

“Receiving the Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall Award is truly an honor,” Keating said. “I highly value the work being done by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and share in its commitment to upholding all rights expressed in the U.S. Constitution.”

Keating is past Chairman of Foley Hoag's Litigation Department and has been the firm’s leading trial lawyer for over thirty years. He has represented major corporate clients and individuals in both the state and federal courts. Earlier this year, Keating was honored as a "Lawyer of the Year" by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court for his outstanding pro bono contributions and achievements as a litigation attorney. In 2011, he received the Massachusetts Bar Association Gold Medal Award for distinguished public service, and was appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as Chair of a search committee to select the first Court Administrator for the Massachusetts court system.

The Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall Award recognizes a member of the Boston community who best embodies the mission of ACS to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing national network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. The organization now has 192 student chapters in law schools in 47 states, 42 lawyer chapters in large and small cities across the country, and over 16,000 members.

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