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, whose enthusiasm about history and law prompted students to delve further into the subjects, Mr. 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 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Commencing his career as a law clerk to Justice Robert Braucher with the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1971, Mr. Coquillette went on to serve as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Berger with the U.S. Supreme Court for the following year. 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. In his myriad positions, he has taught on the subjects of legal ethics and legal history.

Coquillette, Daniel 4112495_2765622 TP 2.jpgA prolific author as well, Mr. 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.” In addition, he was the editor of “Law in Colonial Massachusetts” and has contributed myriad articles to scholarly journals.

In an effort to remain abreast of developments within the industry, Mr. Coquillette has maintained affiliation 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 member council and as vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, among many others. He has further been associated with the Anglo-American Cathedral Society, the American Antiquarian Society and Phi Beta Kappa.

In light of all of his accomplishments, Mr. 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. Later on in his career, Boston College Law School gave him the Distinguished Service Medal in 2007 and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations honored him with the Peter Dobkin Hall Prize in 2017. He was also a Fulbright Scholar and Hutchins Scholar in the mid-1960s.

Married to Judith Courtney Rogers since 1969, Mr. 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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