CLE Alumna Appointed to MA Supreme Judicial Court

CLE recognizes and applauds the appointment of Geraldine Hines, former CLE attorney and MA Appeals Court judge, to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Justice Hines is the first black woman to serve on the state’s highest court.

While at CLE, Hines "litigated civil rights cases relating to discrimination in education and advised on special education law while a staff attorney", later gaining "prominence as a lawyer in the case of Commonwealth v. Willie Sanders, a highly publicized trial of a black man accused of raping eight women, her biography notes. In private practice, she continued to litigate civil rights cases, including employment discrimination and police misconduct claims, as a founding partner in the first law firm of women of color in the New England region."

Excerpted from the Boston Herald, Deval Patrick nominates first black woman to serve on SJC