Hon. Jack Lu
Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
Judge Jack Lu was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court by Governor Mitt Romney in 2006. Prior to this, he was a judge on the Boston Municipal Court. He is also currently the chair of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission. The commission is comprised of 15 members including three judges, three prosecutors, three defence attorneys, representatives from major law enforcement agencies and a victims’ representative.
The objective of the Sentencing Commission is to use data to bring a critical data-based lens to sentencing practices, make legislative recommendations and to provide a reference tool to the judiciary. The Commission pursues it aims by consulting with scholars, and gathering empirical data and exploring best practice sentencing models.
Judge Lu is the lead Superior Court judge for HOPE MORR, the Massachusetts component of a U.S. Department of Justice randomized control trial of HOPE probation supervision principles for high-risk probationers at four sites in the United States.
Lu’s professional interests include criminal justice innovation, leadership and management.
Judge Lu is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law. He has taught sentencing at New England Law, Boston and he is a member of the Probation Revocations Advisory Board of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, at the University of Minnesota Law School. Judge Lu graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and completed his J.D. at Boston University School of Law.