Former judge inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

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Retired Judge Elizabeth P. ‘Libby’ Hines (center) is inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society. With Hines are NCSC President Mary McQueen (left) and NCSC Board Chairman Paul Suttell, the chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Retired Judge Elizabeth P. “Libby” Hines, formerly of the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, has been inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Warren E. Burger Society.

Named for the former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, the Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to advance the organization in exceptional ways. Hines was celebrated at an event in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Before becoming a judge in 1992, Hines worked for 15 years as a county prosecutor in Ann Arbor, specializing in crimes against children and child protection cases. On the bench, she helped create Street Outreach Court, which offers individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness the opportunity to more easily resolve civil and non-violent misdemeanors.

Hines has been involved on several state task forces to address issues related to children and domestic and sexual violence. She has also served on the board of the American Judges Association.

Her contributions to NCSC include past service on the board of directors and recognition as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.

Other 2021 Burger Society inductees include:

• Luther J. Battiste, III, founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste in Columbia, S.C.;

• Russell C. Deyo, retired vice president and general counsel at Johnson & Johnson;

• Pamela Q. Harris, Maryland State Court Administrator;

• Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican;

• Simon M. “Sy” Lorne, vice chairman and chief legal officer at Millennium Management, a New York City investment management firm; and

• Judy Perry Martinez, of counsel for the New Orleans law firm of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn.


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