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Guest Speaker: Justice Geraldine Hines, First Black Woman Appointed to MA Supreme Judicial Court
Time and Location

2/22/2018 04:30PM - 06:00PM, CHERRY ROOM, 154 STUART STREET, BOSTON, MA

New England Law | Boston is thrilled to welcome guest speaker Justice Geraldine Hines, as she shares reflections on her legal career, social justice work, and experiences on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The event—open to the public as well as the school community—will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018, in the school’s Stuart Street building in Boston, starting at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.

Registration for this event is required; to do so, please email Professor Caryn R. Mitchell-Munevar. The event is sponsored by New England Law’s Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program, which welcomes all students interested in issues of race and ethnicity.

From the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, where she defended prisoners’ rights, to the Harvard University Center for Law and Education, where she worked on civil rights and discrimination cases, Justice Hines has a legacy of activism. She served on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court—the first black woman to do so—from 2014 until her retirement in the summer of 2017. During her tenure there she wrote the widely acclaimed unanimous decision in Commonwealth v. Warren, a case that shed a light on racial profiling in Boston. Previously, she had served as an associate justice of the Superior Court. Justice Hines has also been closely involved in such organizations as the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was appointed to serve on both the Judicial Nominating Council and the Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition, she has been a frequent public speaker and, for many years, has taught as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University Law School. She is currently the Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School.

Questions or to register: Contact Professor Caryn R. Mitchell-Munevar (

Learn more about the Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program.