Herbert P. Wilkins served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1996 to 1999, a position his father, Raymond Sanger Wilkins, held from 1956 to 1970.
Wilkins received his B.A. from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He joined the law firm of Palmer and Dodge.
He had the longest tenure of any Associate Justice on the Court when he was nominated Chief Judge by Governor William Weld on July 16, 1996. He retired from the Court on August 31, 1999.
Since retiring from the court, Justice Wilkins has taught at Boston College Law School.