Mark S. Brodin is Professor of Law, Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar, and
former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School. A graduate of
Columbia College and Columbia Law School (where he served on the Law Review), Professor
Brodin clerked for United States District Judge Joseph L. Tauro from 1972 to 1974. He was
Staff Counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston
Bar Association from 1974 to 1980, representing plaintiffs in civil rights actions
including DeGrace v. Rumsfeld, 614 F. 2d 796 (1st Cir. 1980); N.A.A.C.P. Boston Chapter
v. Harris, 607 F. 2d 514 (1st Cir. 1979); Harris v. White, 479 F. Supp. 996 (D. Mass.
1979); Cooke v. Sarni Original Dry Cleaners, 2 M.D.L.R. 1012 (1980), aff'd 388 Mass.
611 (1983) (trial counsel). 

Professor Brodin has published extensively in the areas of employment discrimination,
constitutional criminal procedure, evidence and litigation. He is the author of numerous
law review articles and co-author of Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence (Sixth, Seventh,
and Eighth Editions) with Hon. Paul J. Liacos and Michael Avery (Aspen, 2007), Criminal
Procedure: Examples and Explanations (First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
Editions) with Robert M. Bloom (Aspen, 2009) and Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and
Context (First, Second and Third Editions) (with Stephen Subrin, Martha Minow, and Thom
Main) (Aspen 2008). Professor Brodin has served for brief periods as an appellate
attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (now the Committee for Public
Counsel) and as a special assistant district attorney with the Norfolk County District
Attorney. His latest book, William P. Homans Jr.: A Life In Court, is a biography of the
well-known Boston lawyer and activist. 

Professor Brodin was named BC Law's 2002-2003 Faculty Member of the Year by the Law
Students Association. The Black Law Students Association awarded him the Ruth Arlene Howe
Award in both 2005 and 2006, and the Anthony P. Farley Excellence in Training Award in

Forthcoming Articles


Screening Out Unwanted Calls: The Manipulation of Standing 'Doctrine', Nevada Law Journal, Forthcoming (2015)

This article explores one dimension of the "closed courthouse door" approach of recent Supreme Court...




The Slow Demise of Race Preference, NYU Review of Law & Social Change (2015)

This article traces the origins of affirmative action, its initial success, and the Reagan Administration's...



The Fraudulent Case Against Affirmative Action: The Untold Story Behind Fisher v. University of Texas, Buffalo Law Review (2014)

For over thirty-five years, the Supreme Court has grappled with the controversial issue of affirmative...



Bush v. Gore: The Worst (or at Least Second-to-the-Worst) Supreme Court Decision Ever, Nevada Law Journal (2012)

In the stiff competition for worst Supreme Court decision ever, two candidates stand heads above...



Ricci v. DeStefano: The New Haven Firefighters Case and the Triumph of White Privilege, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (2011)

Ricci v. DeStefano is the most important recent Supreme Court pronouncement on one of the...



Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence, 2015 Edition (with Michael Avery) (2015)

Contributions to Books


Foreword (with Benjamin J. Cantor), Courtroom Guide for Non-Lawyers: Including Glossary of 448 Legal Terms and 81 Suggestions for (2001)


Contributor, Jury Trial Innovations (1997)


Foreword (with Benjamin J. Cantor), The Role of the Expert Witness in a Court Trial (1996)


Panelist, The Shape of Judicial Power, Through a Glass Starkly: Civil Procedure Reassessed, Northeastern Law School (2014)
Panelist, Affirmative Action in Education: How It Began and Where We Are Today, 2014 Symposium: The Future of Affirmative Action, New York University School of Law (2014)
Political Repression Now and Then: The Persistence of Paranoia in American Politics, Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, William P. Homans Jr. Endowment Program (2012)

Discussion of a comparison between the McCarthy period and the Islamophobia of today

Discussion of William P. Homans Jr.: A Life in Court, Flaschner Institute Author Series (2011)

Popular Press

Court Dodged Affirmative Action Hot Potato - Or Did It?, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2013)

Selected Professional Activities

The Death Penalty in Massachusetts: Past, Present, and Future (2014)

Lecture delivered at the Social Law Library in Boston, MA.

The Fraudulent Case Against Affirmative Action: The Untold Story Behind Fisher v. University of Texas (2013)

Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. Commentators included Aharon Barak, former Justice and...



Interview with Professor Mark Brodin about his book "William P. Homans Jr.: A Life In Court", Boston College Law School Webcast Archive (2010)

Boston lawyer William P. Homans Jr. devoted his fifty-year career to the defense of the...