Annual Spring Reception

It was a great evening last night, May 10th, 2016. Thank you all who came to support CRJ and celebrate the accomplishments of the two distinguished jurists:

Justice Nancy Gertner (Retired)

Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Retired)

2016 Community Heroes

Nancy Gertner

Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.)

Senior Lecturer on Law
Harvard University

Judge Nancy Gertner is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal. She received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University. She has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Clinton.

She has written and spoken widely on various legal issues and appears frequently as a keynote speaker, panelist or lecturer concerning civil rights, civil liberties, employment, criminal justice and procedural issues, throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

She has published articles, and chapters on sentencing, discrimination, and forensic evidence, women's rights, and the jury system. In September of 2011, Judge Gertner retired from the federal bench and joined the faculty of the Harvard Law School teaching a number of subjects including criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science and sentencing, as well as continuing to teach and write about women’s issues around the world.

Judge Gertner has been profiled on a number of occasions in the Boston Globe, the ABA Journal, Boston Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2008 she received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, only the second woman to receive it (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first).

In 2011 she received the Massachusetts Bar Association's Hennessey Award for Judicial Excellence, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brandeis University. In 2012 she received the Arabella Babb Mansfield award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, and the Leila J. Robinson Award of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts.

In 2014 she received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession.

Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (ret.)

Distinguished Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Roderick L. Ireland is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His interests include criminal law, juvenile law, and constitutional law.

When he was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in 1997, he became the first African-American to sit on that bench in it’s over three hundred year history. In 2010 he became the Court’s first African-American Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Ireland is one of the four justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (2003), the nation’s very first case in which a state supreme court declared same-sex marriage constitutional. Chief Justice Ireland received his Bachelor of Arts from Lincoln University, Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, and Doctor of Philosophy in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University.

In addition to Northeastern, Ireland has also taught at Harvard Law School, Boston University Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He has received numerous honors and awards, most recently to include the Judicial Excellence Award from the Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Celebration of Excellence Award from the Mass. Black Lawyers Assoc. and the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and the Boston Bar Association’s Judicial Excellence Award.

Prior to joining Northeastern in a full-time capacity, he had been a judge for 37 years, serving in the Boston Juvenile Court from 1977 to 1990, the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1990 to 1997, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1997 to 2014.

2016 Master of ceremonies

Jimmy Tingle is a well-known stand-up comedian from Cambridge, MA. Jimmy has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, Larry King, HBO, NPR, PBS, and Comedy Central. He has worked as a commentator for MSNBC and spent two seasons as the humorist and commentator in the "Andy Rooney" spot for 60 Minutes II and CBS. He’s a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is the founder of Humor for Humanity.



Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2016 Annual Spring Reception?
The event will be held on May 10th at the Seaport Hotel at 6:00 PM.

What is the contact information for the Seaport Hotel?
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA
P: (617) 385-4000

Will food be served?
Yes, we have delicious food choices at both food stations and passed by our servers.

Is Boston Seaport Hotel handicap accessible?

Where can I park when I arrive?
Seaport is pleased to offer a special rate of $21.00 in conjunction with our event. Please bring your parking ticket with you and there will be a cashier adjacent to the registration desk for the event where you can pay this special rate.

Can I pay for my tickets at the door?
Although we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, walk in registrations are welcome. Simply check in at the registration table at the event and our volunteers will collect the information and register you.