Daniel Robert Coquillette

Title: J. Donald Monan S.J. University Professor
Company: Boston College Law School
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Daniel Robert Coquillette, J. Donald Monan S.J. University Professor at Boston College Law School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal education.

Inspired to enter the field of law by his high school history teacher, Professor Coquillette received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 1966, followed by a Master of Arts in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in England in 1969. Returning to the United States, he attended Harvard University, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1971. He has since been admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Commencing his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Robert Braucher with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1971, Professor Coquillette went on the following year to serve as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Berger with the U.S. Supreme Court. Thereafter, he served as an associate for Palmer Dodge in Boston, MA, from 1973 to 1975, later ascending the ranks to partner between 1980 and 1985, where he specialized in complex litigation. Transitioning to academia during this time, he served as an associate professor of law at Boston University between 1975 and 1978 and a visiting associate professor of law at Cornell University from 1977 to 1978. Subsequently, he acted as a professor and dean of the Boston College Law School from 1985 to 1993, later becoming a full professor from 1993 and 1996. Since 1996, he has been a J. Donald Monan S.J. University Professor. In addition, he also serves as a Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal Education at Harvard Law School, a role he has held since 2008. He has taught on the subjects of legal ethics and legal history, and from 1985 to 2018 was reporter to the Committee of Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He continues as consultant to the Committee.

Coquillette, Daniel 4112495_2765622 TP 2.jpgA prolific author as well, Professor Coquillette wrote “On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century” with Bruce A. Kimball, “Portrait of a Patriot: The Quincy Papers” with Neil Longley York, “Lawyers and Fundamental Moral Responsibility,” “The Anglo-American Legal Heritage,” “Frances Bacon,” and “The Civilian Jurists of Doctor’s Commons.” He is on the editorial board of Moore’s Federal Practice and is the author, with Judith McMorrow, of Federal Rules of Attorney Conduct. In addition, he was the editor of “Law in Colonial Massachusetts” and has contributed many articles to scholarly journals.

Professor Coquillette has served with numerous organizations, including on the committee of professional ethics with the American Bar Association, on the task force on model rules of professional conduct with the Massachusetts Bar Association, on the board of directors of the American Society for Legal History and the Massachusetts Society for Continuing Legal Education, and on the council and as vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, among many others.

Professor Coquillette was the recipient of the Kaufman Prize in English from Williams College in 1966, having formerly won the Sentinel of the Republic Prize in Political Science from the college the previous year. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Hutchins Scholar at Oxford from 1966-1969. Boston College Law School gave him the Distinguished Service Medal in 2007, the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions gave him the Henry C. Lind Award in 2011, and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations honored him and Professor Bruce Kimball with the Peter Dobkin Hall Prize in 2017. The Department of Justice of the United States presented him with an award for “Outstanding service and commitment to the administration of justice” in 2018, and the Judicial Conference of the United States presented him with an award for “commitment to the federal judiciary,” also in 2018.

Married to Judith Courtney Rogers since 1969, Professor Coquillette has three children and 12 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting antique law books and hiking. He was highlighted in Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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