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The Scales of Justice

2024 Scales of Justice Award

Each year, Equal Justice Works presents the Scales of Justice Award to a leader in the legal community who exemplifies a commitment to public service and a passion for equal justice; has advanced the organization's mission and vision throughout their career; and has set a strong example for what lawyers and legal professionals can and should do to contribute to efforts in the public interest and toward greater access to justice for all.

Photo of Susan Alexander, Biogen
Photo of Susan Alexander, Biogen

Susan H. Alexander

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Biogen

Susan H. Alexander is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Biogen and has served on the Executive Committee since 2006. Prior to that, from 2006 to December 2011, Ms. Alexander served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Biogen.

From 2003 to January 2006, Ms. Alexander served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PAREXEL International Corporation, a biopharmaceutical services company. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Alexander served as General Counsel of IONA Technologies, a software company. From 1995 to 2001, Ms. Alexander served as Counsel at Cabot Corporation, a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. Prior to that, Ms. Alexander was a partner at the law firms of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and Fine & Ambrogne.

Ms. Alexander received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Learn more about Susan’s commitment to public service here.

Past Honorees

  • 1990 - Clinton Bamberger
  • 1991 - Charles Halpern
  • 1992 - Esther Lardent
  • 1993 - Peter Edelman
  • 1993 - Marian Wright Edelman
  • 1994 - Brooksley Born
  • 1994 - Clinton Lyons
  • 1995 - Kathleen Welch
  • 1995 - The Honorable Abner J. Mikva
  • 1995 - Antonia Hernández
  • 1996 - Alexander D. Forger
  • 1996 - Bryan Stevenson
  • 1996 - John D. Feerick
  • 1997 - Jamie S. Gorelick
  • 1997 - The Honorable Paul Igasaki
  • 1997 - David Hall
  • 1998 - Martha W. Barnett
  • 1998 - Jennifer Gordon
  • 1998 - Kristin Booth Glen
  • 1999 - Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • 1999 - Gregory H. Williams
  • 2000 - Eldon H. "Took" Crowell
  • 2000 - Claudio M. Grossman
  • 2001 - Charles F.C. Ruff
  • 2001 - Rudolph Hasl
  • 2002 - David R. Andrews
  • 2002 - Katherine "Shelley" Broderick
  • 2003 - Deval L. Patrick
  • 2003 - Judith Areen
  • 2004 - Thomas A. Gottschalk
  • 2004 - Harry Haynsworth
  • 2005 - Roderick "Rick" A. Palmore
  • 2005 - Gene R. Nichol
  • 2006 - Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr.
  • 2006 - Katharine T. Bartlett
  • 2007 - Brad Smith
  • 2007 - Karen Rothenberg
  • 2008 - The Honorable Elena Kagan
  • 2008 - The Honorable George J. Mitchell
  • 2009 - Larry Kramer
  • 2009 - D. Bruce Sewell
  • 2010 - Teri Plummer McClure
  • 2010 - Blake D. Morant
  • 2011 - 25th Anniversary
  • 2012 - Randal S. Milch
  • 2013 - D. Cameron Findlay
  • 2014 - Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
  • 2015 - Brackett B. Denniston III
  • 2016 - Kelly McNamara Corley
  • 2017 - Kenneth C. Frazier
  • 2018 - The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes
  • 2019 - David Zapolsky
  • 2020 - Laura Stein
  • 2021 - Brian Ellis
  • 2022 - Teresa Wynn Roseborough
  • 2023 - James L. Chosy