Geraldine Hines

Geraldine Hines
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Assumed office
July 31, 2014
Nominated by Deval Patrick
Preceded by Ralph D. Gants
Associate Justice for the Massachusetts Appeals Court
In office
January 2013  July 2014
Personal details
Born (1947-10-29) October 29, 1947
Scott, Mississippi
Alma mater Tougaloo College
University of Wisconsin Law School

Geraldine S. Hines (born October 29, 1947) is an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She was nominated in July 2014 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and confirmed by an 8–0 vote of the Governor's Council. She succeeded Ralph D. Gants, who was promoted to Chief Justice.[1][2]

Hines was born in Scott, Mississippi. She attended Tougaloo College in Madison County, Mississippi, and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She worked in private practice throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She was confirmed for the Massachusetts Superior Court in May 2001 and promoted to the Massachusetts Appeals Court in January 2013.[1][2] She was sworn into the Supreme Judicial Court on July 31, 2014.[3] She now lives in Roxbury.[1][2] Hines is the first black woman to serve on the S.J.C.[4]


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