Administered Oath September 4, 2007
Honorable Margot Botsford, Associate Justice, was born in New York, New York on March 16, 1947. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1969. She earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1973 and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard University 's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007. Upon graduating from law school, she served as Law Clerk to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis J. Quirico. During the next sixteen years she worked primarily in the public sector. She served four years as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Frank Bellotti and later as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Middlesex County District Attorney Scott Harshbarger for six years. She also practiced law in the private sector for one year as an associate at the firm of Hill & Barlow, and three years as a partner in the Boston law firm of Rosenfeld, Botsford & Krokidas. In 1989, she was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court, where she served for eighteen years. Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the Supreme Judicial Court in September, 2007. Justice Botsford has taught at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston University Law School, the National Judicial College, and the Flaschner Judicial Institute. Among her awards and honors are Judicial Excellence Awards from the Massachusetts Judicial Conference and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Haskell Cohn Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Boston Bar Association, and honorary degrees from Northeastern University School of Law and New England Law School in Boston.