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Equality Under the Law: The Unfinished Constitutional Agenda

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Constitution Day 2021

Join the Berry Institute of Politics for a virtual discussion with Geraldine S. Hines, a retired Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Justice Hines began her judicial career in 2000 as a judge on the Superior Court where she served for 12 years before being appointed to the Appeals Court in 2013.  Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the state’s highest court in 2014. At the time of her appointment, she was the first African American woman to serve on the Court in its 322-year history. Now retired from the bench, Justice Hines currently serves as the Huber Distinguished Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School where she teaches a course on race and policing.

Prior to her judicial tenure, Justice Hines’ legal practice was concentrated on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. She served as cooperating counsel with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the ACLU of Massachusetts. As a trial lawyer, Justice Hines represented criminal defendants in murder cases and other major felonies. Her civil rights practice focused on the litigation of police misconduct and employment discrimination claims.

Register for the virtual discussion.

Sponsored by: Bates Center for Public and Global Affairs, Berry Institute of Politics and Civic Engagement, Center for Civic Engagement, and Politics, Policy and International Relations Department

When 1:30pm
Berry Institute of Politics

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