Roderick L. Ireland is a Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. A jurist for 37 years, he was the first African-American on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and is the former State Chief Justice. He 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. Chief Justice Ireland has been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University since 1978, and on the faculty of the Appellate Judges Seminar at New York University Law School since 2001. He authored the Juvenile Law volume of Thomson/West Publishing’s Massachusetts Practice Series, as well as several law review articles.