The Chief Justice of Massachusetts to Become a Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University

Roderick L. Ireland is the first African American Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He is leaving the bench in July and has accepted the position as Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston. He has served as an adjunct professor at the university since 1978.

“After teaching at North­eastern for 36 years, I look for­ward to working with stu­dents and fac­ulty in my new, full-​​time role,” Chief Justice Ire­land said. “I am espe­cially excited about sharing my first-​​hand accounts and insights into how gov­ern­ment oper­ates and responds to out­side forces.”

Dr. Ireland is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School. He holds a master of laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University. In 1977, he was appointed to the state’s Juvenile Court by then Governor Michael Dukakis. He was named to the Supreme Judicial Court in 1997 and elevated to Chief Justice in 2010.

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