News from the Courts

Issue August 2014

Governor's Council confirms Hines as SJC associate justice
The Governor's Council has unanimously confirmed Justice Geraldine S. Hines to serve as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Hines, a respected Appeals Court associate justice, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland. Hines will become the first African-American woman to sit on the state's highest court.

Hines was appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick as an Appeals Court associate justice in 2013, after serving as a Superior Court associate justice since 2001. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Hines practiced law in Boston, concentrating on criminal defense, civil rights litigation and social justice advocacy.

"We commend the historic confirmation of Judge Geraldine S. Hines as the first African-American woman to sit on the Supreme Judicial Court," said Massachusetts Bar Association Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "Judge Hines is a well-established champion of individual liberties and civil rights. The SJC, as well as the citizens of Massachusetts, will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of her strong talents and keen intellect." 

Boal becomes Chief Magistrate
Boal was appointed United States magistrate judge by the United States District Court in 2010. From 2002 to 2010, Boal served as the chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. In that capacity, she both litigated cases and supervised a 40-person division.

Before being named civil chief, Boal served in the District of Massachusetts' Criminal Division for three years prosecuting economic crimes and asset forfeiture cases. She also served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1991 to 1999 in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Boal worked in private practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York City.