Today, Governor Deval L. Patrick announced his
nomination of Appeals Court Justice Geraldine
S. Hines to be the next Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme
Judicial Court. Justice Hines would fill the vacancy created by the
upcoming retirement of current Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L.
The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 12,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.
"The people of Massachusetts have all benefitted from Judge
Hines's commitment to justice and her vast experience serving on the Superior
Court and Court of Appeals," said Boston Bar Association President Paul T.
Dacier. "We applaud Governor Patrick for moving to fill the soon to be
vacated Supreme Judicial Court seat in such a timely manner."
approved, Hines would become the first black female justice in the 322 year
history of the highest court in the state of Massachusetts. Her renowned
legal career has spanned public criminal defense, private practice in the first
Boston-area firm with exclusively black female partners, and academia before she
was nominated to serve on the Superior Court in 2001. She was later
appointed to the Appeals Court in 2013. Hines has long been active in many
civic and community organizations related to the law and civil