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Geraldine S. Hines

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Geraldine S. Hines
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Court Information:
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $161,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Deval Patrick
Active:   2014-Present
Past post:   Judge, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Past term:   2013-2014
Past post 2:   Associate justice, Massachusetts Superior Courts
Past term 2:   2001-2013
Personal History
Hometown:   Mississippi
Undergraduate:   Tougaloo College, 1968
Law School:   University of Wisconsin Law School, 1971

Geraldine S. Hines is a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She was nominated by Governor Deval Patrick on June 13, 2014, to replace Justice Ralph D. Gants, who was elevated to chief justice. She was approved by the Governor's Council on July 9, and sworn in on July 31.[1] Justices in Massachusetts serve until the age of 70.[2] Hines is the first black female justice to join the court.[3]

Hines was previously a judge on the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2013 to 2014. She was nominated by Governor Patrick in January 2013. She succeeded James McHugh.[4]


Hines earned her B.A. from Tougaloo College in 1968 and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1971.[4]


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