The Martin Institute for Law & Society

The Martin Institute seeks to prepare the students of Stonehill College for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. Through rigorous, critical interdisciplinary inquiry, the Institute challenges students to explore the vital issues of public policy and social justice. It is committed to a curriculum and co-curriculum that bridges theory and practice, inviting student curiosity in and engagement with the pressing issues of the day.


Guest Speaker Joseph Adly

Joe Aldy is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Monday, October 26th @ 7:00pm Martin Institute Auditorium

The Martin Institute Presents:

Marty Walsh - Mayor - Against All Odds Mayor Walsh to visit the Martin Institute: Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00pm Pettit Atrium, Shields Science Center Open to the public For more information contact or 508-565-1131

The Martin Institute Presents: Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 9:30 – 11am In honor of its 25th anniversary, The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College presents: Admiral Michelle J. Howard Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michelle Howard, a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is the first…


The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society was established in memory of Joseph Martin Jr. (1884-1968), the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. As a Congressman representing a nearby district, Speaker Martin had a close relationship with the College and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1955. Upon Speaker Martin's death in 1968, the College acquired his papers and documents.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation for the creation of an institute at Stonehill College in Martin's honor. Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society was constructed by Stonehill in 1990 with Congressional funding.