Marilyn Holifield '69
Holifield, a resident of Coral Gables, Fla., is an attorney based in the Miami office of Holland & Knight LLP. Named one of the 2013 Lawyers of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America, she was also a recipient of the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association in 2012 for her human and civil rights work and for being a model of excellence in the legal profession.
In 2011, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Holifield the Jurisprudence Award for her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the community at large. That same year, the federal district judges of the Southern District of Florida chose her for the magistrate selection panel that prescreened candidates for magistrate positions. Recently, Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio appointed her to the federal judicial nominating commission for the Southern District of Florida. Holifield joined Holland & Knight LLP in 1981 and became the first black female partner of a major Florida law firm in 1986.
Holified rejoined the Board of Managers in 2012 after serving 1994-97. She earned a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972.