Herbert Putnam Wilkins (born January 10, 1930)[1] is an American jurist who served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1996 to 1999, a position his father, Raymond Sanger Wilkins, held from 1956 to 1970.

Herbert P. Wilkins
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
1996 – October 13, 1999
Nominated byWilliam Weld
Preceded byPaul J. Liacos
Succeeded byMargaret H. Marshall
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
1972 – August 31, 1999
Nominated byJohn A. Volpe
Preceded byJacob Spiegel
Personal details
Born (1930-01-10) January 10, 1930 (age 94)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

Wilkins received his B.A. from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He joined the law firm of Palmer and Dodge.[2][failed verification]

He had the longest tenure of any Associate Justice of the Court (from 1972) when he was nominated Chief Judge by Governor William Weld on July 16, 1996.[3] He retired from the Court on August 31, 1999.[4]

Since retiring from the court, Justice Wilkins has taught at Boston College Law School.[5]

Notes edit

  1. ^ Who's Who in American Law, 1998-1999. Marquis Who's Who. 1998. p. 836.
  2. ^ Boston College Law: "Herbert P. Wilkins", accessed December 21, 2010
  3. ^ Boston Globe: Frank Phillips and John Ellement, "Weld picks Wilkins for chief justice," July 17, 1996
  4. ^ Boston Globe: Edgar J. Driscoll Jr.,, "Francis J. Quirico, at 88; Was Supreme Judicial Court Justice," October 13, 1999
  5. ^ Boston Globe: Jonathan Saltzman, "Sitting SJC judge may rise to chief," July 23, 2010
Legal offices
Preceded by Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1972 – 1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1996 – August 31, 1999
Succeeded by