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Robert William Meserve


Robert William Meserve, American lawyer. Bar: Massachusetts bar 1934.


Meserve, Robert William was born on January 12, 1909 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George Harris and Florence Elizabeth (Small) Meserve.


AB, Tufts College, 1931. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1934. Doctor of Laws, Villanova University, 1972.

Doctor of Laws, Drury College, 1972. Doctor of Laws, Suffolk University, 1972. Doctor of Laws, St. Michael's College, 1972.

Doctor of Laws, Wm. Mitchell Law School, 1977. Doctor of Laws, Tufts University, 1979. Doctor of Laws, Vermont Law School, 1984.


Assistant United States attorney, Boston, 1936-1941, 83-85. Lecturer Boston College Law School, 1938-1940, Harvard Law School, 1957-1961. Associate, then partner firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, Boston, 1934-1936, 41-43, 46-73.

Partner firm Newman & Meserve, 1973-1978. Partner Palmer & Dodge, 1978-1983, of counsel, 1986-1995. Member Massachusetts Board Bar Examiners, 1961-1971, secretary, 1964-1971.

Chairman Massachusetts Board Bar Overseers, 1974-1978. Member school committee, Medford, Massachusetts, 1936-1940, chairman, 1940. By appointment of Chief Justice of the United States member advisory committee Federal Criminal Rules, 1966-1971, advisory committee Federal Civil Rules, 1971-1978, advisory committee Admission to Federal Bar Devitt Committee 1977-1979, implementation committee Judicial Conference United States Admission Attorneys Federal Practiceing Committee.

By Presidential appointment Assistant United States Attorney, Boston, 1936-1941, Special Assistant, 1984-1986.


  • Bar: Massachusetts bar 1934.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Harvard Law Rev, 1933-1934.


Member board aldermen, Medford, 1941-1943. Trustee Tufts College, 1955-1979, chairman, 1965-1970, emeritus, 1979-1995. President Boston Floating Hospital, 1960-1965.

Served to lieutenant (senior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow American Bar Foundation (president 1979-1980, director 1975-1995), American College Trial Lawyers (president 1968-1969, board regents). Member American Bar Association (House Delegates 1961-1995, past chairman standing committee federal Judiciary, president 1972-1973), Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Middlesex County Bar Association, American Law Institute, Boston Bar Association (past president), American Academy Arts and Science, Institute Judicial Administration (president 1980-1982), Phi Beta Kappa (president associates 1983-1985).


Married Gladys E. Swenson, October 17, 1936 (deceased 1994). Children: Roberta Ann Weil, William George, Richard Andrew, John Eric, Jeanne-Marthe.

George Harris Meserve

Florence Elizabeth (Small) Meserve

Gladys E. Swenson

Roberta Ann Weil Meserve

William George Meserve

Richard Andrew Meserve

John Eric Meserve

Jeanne-Marthe Meserve