ExpertiseSentencing and social science, race, socioeconomics, equity, and incarceration, the Judiciary and probation. Communication between criminal justice systems and academia.
Research InterestsSocial science, sentencing and the judiciary. Communication between academia and American criminal justice systems.
B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
J.D., Boston University School of Law
BiosketchJack Lu is a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. From 2014 to 2018 he chaired the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission. In 2018 the Commission released the first update to its Advisory Sentencing Guidelines in 21 years. Judge Lu’s work focuses on the confluence of sentencing and criminal justice and social science, race and socio-economics. He collaborates with the Center for Sentencing Alternatives at the National Center for State Courts and the Robina Institute on Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law for six years and a Lecturer on Law and then Adjunct Professor of Law at New England Law / Boston for more than ten years, where he taught a variety of courses, including sentencing. From 2001-2006 he was an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, and has been an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court since 2006. He is a former Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Selected Awards and Honors
2021 Haskell Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies. Selection is 100% based on student nominations.