We are also pleased to announce that MACDL will be giving a new award at this event. The Burnham-Hines Award honors a new criminal defense attorney who has been practicing for less than ten years and whose work shows exceptional promise, skill, and innovation. The award is named for Margaret Burnham and for Geraldine Hines.
Judge Burnham was the first female African American Judge in Massachusetts. She was a defense lawyer prior to her appointment and her clients included Angela Davis. She has mentored and trained many young lawyers as a Professor at Northeastern, where she now runs a project to bring restorative justice to victims of racial violence.
Justice Hines was also a defense lawyer. Before her appointment to the Superior Court and later to the SJC, she was in charge of the Northeastern Criminal Defense Clinical program. She was the first female African American SJC Justice. Combining the names of these extraordinary defense lawyers and jurists in the award also has a special significance because they were founding partners of the first African American women owned law firm in Massachusetts.