The Honorable Julian T. Houston
In 1984, Judge Houston convened a group of seven senior, minority criminal justice professionals in his chambers at the Roxbury Court to form the Justice George L. Ruffin Society. Since that time, he has been the inspiration for many Ruffin Society programs, including the Long Road to Justice exhibit. Judge Houston chairs the Executive Committee of the exhibit, and has overseen its development from the beginning.
The Honorable Julian T. Houston was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts in 1990. He had previously served for eleven years as a Justice of the Roxbury District Court.
Judge Houston has been the architect of a number of innovative programs since his appointment to the bench: Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., a community based program providing services to young people, and the Roxbury District Court Child-Care Center, the first court-based child-care center in New England. In 1997, as a result of his leadership, a portrait of the Honorable Edward O. Gourdin, the first African American to serve on the Superior Court, was commissioned and unveiled. It is the only portrait of an African American Superior Court Justice hanging in a Massachusetts courtroom.
Judge Houston serves as a Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and led the planning for the 1994 week-long Tribute to Roland Hayes, which honored the first African American concert singer.
Judge Houston is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law.