For Immediate Release - June 13, 2014


Justice Geraldine S. Hines Nomination Announcement

Governor Patrick announces the nomination of Justice Geraldine S. Hines to serve as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court at the State House. (Photo: Kenshin Okubo / Governor’s Office)

BOSTON – Friday, June 13, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nomination of Justice Geraldine S. Hines to serve as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Justice Hines, a highly respected Associate Justice of the Appeals Court and former Superior Court judge, is slated to fill the vacancy to be created by the appointment of Justice Ralph D. Gants as Chief Justice of the SJC. Justice Hines’ nomination will be filed with the Governor’s Council for its advice and consent. 

“I am very honored and proud to nominate Geraldine Hines to serve on our highest court,” said Governor Patrick. “Her extraordinary achievements as a lawyer and a judge, combined with her intelligence, grace and life experience, convince me that she will be a most valuable new voice on the SJC. I thank her for her commitment to the fair administration of justice and her willingness to serve the Commonwealth in this challenging new role.”

Justice Hines was appointed by Governor Patrick as an Associate Justice of the Appeals Court in January 2013. She previously served as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court for 11 years, including two years as the Regional Administrative Judge for Civil Business in Suffolk County. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Hines practiced law for 30 years in Boston, concentrating on criminal defense, civil rights litigation and social justice advocacy. She also taught trial advocacy at Northeastern University School of Law as an adjunct faculty member for 21 years. In 1989, she and retired Boston Municipal Court Judge Margaret Burnham formed the first law firm in New England of women of color. Prior to 1989, Justice Hines maintained a community-based legal practice and also served as an attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, the Roxbury Defenders Committee and Harvard University’s Center for Law and Education. Her extensive volunteer activity spans many decades and includes work for the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers Against Apartheid as well as civil and human rights activities in South Africa, Eritrea, Kuwait and Cuba. Justice Hines is a graduate of Tougaloo College, Mississippi (B.A., 1968) and University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1971).  She is a native of Greenville, Mississippi and has been a resident of Roxbury for 40 years. 

If confirmed, Justice Hines will be Governor Patrick’s seventh appointment to the state’s highest court, following the appointments of Associate Justice Margot G. Botsford in 2007, Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants in 2009, Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland in 2010, Associate Justices Fernande R. V. Duffly and Barbara A. Lenk in 2011 and Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants in 2014. 

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