The Hon. Levin H. Campbell Scholarship Fund

Hon. Levin H. Campbell
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

During his forty years on the bench, he helped define the major legal and constitutional issues of his time. A dedicated public servant, he approached every opinion – as he does his life – with thoughtfulness, compassion and integrity.

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) is pleased to announce the establishment of The Hon. Levin H. Campbell Scholarship Fund to honor an outstanding member of the legal community who for nearly 60 years influenced not only the course of the law, but also those who practice it. MCLE is grateful to the committee that is helping to create this scholarship endowment so that it can have a lasting and meaningful impact: J. David Gibbs, Cambridge Community Center; Stephen M. Nolan, Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP; David Rapaport, Davis, Malm & D'Agostine PC; James C. Rehnquist, Goodwin Procter LLP; Michael F. Sexton, Ropes & Gray LLP; E. Matson Sibble, Jr., Goodwin Procter LLP; Professor Jessica M. Silbey, Suffolk University Law School; Susannah Barton Tobin, Harvard Law School; and Dorothy Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Dedicated to public service throughout his career, Judge Campbell served three years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army upon graduating from Harvard Law School in 1951, a term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1963-1964 following a decade of distinguished private practice at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, and then several years in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office under the Honorable Edward W. Brooke III before beginning his impressive 40-year tenure on the bench in 1969. As a judge, first on the Massachusetts Superior Court, then on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and finally on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he became known for his diligent work, intelligent thought, careful analysis and sound judgment. Having penned more than 1,000 opinions and deftly crafted countless legal doctrines over a period of time that spanned four decades of societal change, he has been a powerful force in shaping the law as it is known today – from allowing girls to play Little League baseball to maintaining a healthy separation between church and state. He continually challenged lawyers by insisting they employ logical arguments that address difficult questions directly. As a mentor, he guided his law clerks and colleagues by his example of natural decency, common sense, and service to the law. As Chief Judge, he skillfully guided the First Circuit through the litigation explosion of the 1980s and oversaw the Court's expansion. A gentleman of extraordinary character, he has always treated everyone with respect, dignity and civility and approached all his cases with an open mind, compassion, and an instinct for fairness.

His influence on the law and on those who practice it is rivaled only by his deep concern and respect for the institution of judging. Held in high regard by all branches of government, he worked closely with Congress, the Executive Branch and other members of the judiciary on improving the quality of judicial administration. He devoted a considerable amount of his time and energy to serving on various Judicial Conference Committees, the Federal Courts Study Committee, the Committee to Review Circuit Council Conduct and Disability Orders, and the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal.

The Hon. Levin H. Campbell Scholarship Fund will endow scholarships every year, in Judge Campbell's name, to legal services staff attorneys, practitioners who accept pro bono cases, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend MCLE programs. It is the hope of MCLE that creating this fund in Judge Campbell's name to help train lawyers who represent underprivileged and traditionally underserved populations and give voice to some of the most vulnerable members of our society is a meaningful and appropriate way to demonstrate our admiration for this outstanding jurist and remarkable man.



Valerie L. Andrews
Kenneth J. Ayres
John E. Barry
Hon. Michael Boudin
Senator Edward W. Brooke
Catherine W. Brown
Gregory Buesing
William R. Burchill, Jr.
Hon. A. Franklin Burgess
Hon. Levin H. Campbell
The Family of Hon. Levin H. Campbell
Susan L. Carney
Carlos Cebollero
Eun-Hee Chang
Ben T. Clements
Virginia F. Coleman
Daniel R. Coquillette
Hon. Judith A. & Hon. William I. Cowin
Hon. John C. & Holly B. Cratsley
Philip M. Cronin
Professor Michael Dorff
Hon. Judith Fabricant
Hon. E. Susan Garsh
Prof. Raymond A. Goldberg
Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton
Peter M. Green
David J.F. Gross
William S. Harwood
Hon. Angel Hermida & Mrs. Hermida
Professor Michael Herz
Hon. Jeffrey R. & Marie P.W. Howard
Robert W. Iuliano
Boisfeuillet (Bo) Jones, Jr.
Miriam Kim
Bruce Kuhlik
Robert A. Lawrence
Henry Lee
George Lewis
Hon. Kermit V. Lipez
Joseph Liu
Charles Logan
Hon. Sandra L. Lynch
Gael Mahony
John S. Martin
Mrs. A. David Mazzone
Martha Ann Mazzone
William G. Meserve
Richard S. Milstein
Miranda Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey
George Marshall Moriarty
Stephen M. Nolan
Scott Offen
Wendy E. Parmet
Lawrence T. Perera
James E. Pfander
Hon. Michael A. Ponsor
Steven G.T. Reed
Suzanne M. Riches
Ropes & Gray LLP on behalf of its retired partner & friend William S. Eggeling
Andrew S. Rosen
John J. Rosenberg
Bruce E. Rosenblum
Zick Rubin
Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation
Prof. Frank E.A. Sander
Hon. Patti B. Saris
Hon. & Mrs. Bruce M. Selya
Michael F. Sexton
E. Matson Sibble
Professor Jessica Silbey
Sylvia H. Skinner
Hon. Norman H. Stahl
Susan Stayn and Mark Selwyn
Professor Paul B. Stephan
Staff Attorneys of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Susannah Barton Tobin
Eric E. Van Loon
Dorothy A. Williams
Dudley H. Willis
Hon. Mark L. and Lynne L. Wolf

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