Marion Fremont-Smith

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Title: Lawyer (Retired)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Marion Fremont-Smith, Lawyer (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in governance and accountability of nonprofit organizations and business law.

Ms. Fremont-Smith taught and practiced law for nearly five decades. She started her career as an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College in 1958. After this position, she became an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts and then a project director of the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1964, she joined as an associate the Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (now Choate) firm. She worked in this position until 1971, where she was then made partner. Ms. Fremont-Smith was made senior counsel of the firm in 1997, and worked in this capacity until her retirement in 2005. In addition to these positions, Ms. Fremont-Smith has lectured at Harvard Law School and is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauses Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.

In 1948, Ms. Fremont-Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Wellesley College. She cites this education as the foundation to pursuing a pioneering career in law. She continued at Boston University, earning an LLB, cum laude, in 1951. She was admitted to practice with the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1951 and to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1979. Throughout her career aspiration, she was largely supported by her husband Paul Fremont-Smith. In addition to teaching and practicing law, Ms. Fremont-Smith has written several books. Some of these include “Governing Nonprofit Organizations: Federal and State Law and Regulation,” “Philanthropy and the Business Corporation,” and “Foundations and Government: State and Federal Law and Supervision.” Furthermore, she has reported for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Nonprofit Organizations and contribution to numerous journals, articles and papers. Ms. Fremont-Smith is currently working on the reinstatement of the third edition of “A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations: General Charitable Organization Compliance.”

As a trailblazing lawyer, Ms. Fremont-Smith has been involved with a number of civic engagements and professional affiliations. She served as the past director of the Independent Sector and was an honorary trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has also been a trustee of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. Ms. Fremont-Smith has been involved as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and been a member of the American Bar Association and the American College of Tax Counsel. She has served as the past chairman of the Committee on Exempt Organizations of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and has been involved in the American Law Institute. Ms. Fremont-Smith has been featured in a Marquis Who’s Who newsletter and numerous editions of Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.

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