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About Mark S. Brodin

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. An honors 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, and was Staff Attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association from 1974 to 1980, representing plaintiffs in individual and class actions in the areas of employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and police misconduct.

Professor Brodin has published extensively in the fields of employment discrimination, constitutional criminal procedure, civil procedure, evidence, scientific and forensic evidence, and litigation. He is the author of numerous oft-cited law review articles, and co-author of Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence (with Michael Avery), Criminal Procedure: The Constitution & Police (with Robert M. Bloom), and Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and Context (with Stephen Subrin, Martha Minow, Thom Main & Alexandra Lahav). Brodin is Editorial Consultant to the six-volume Weinsten’s Federal Evidence treatise. His William P. Homans Jr.: A Life in Court traces the life and times of the iconic criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer.

Brodin's latest publication, "The Murder of Black Males in a World of Non-Accountability: The Surreal Trial of George Zimmermann for the Killing of Trayvon Martin," appears in the Wiley A. Branton Symposium Issue of the Howard Law Journal.

Professor Brodin served for brief periods as an appellate attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (now the Committee for Public Counsel) and as special assistant district attorney with the Norfolk County District Attorney. He was named BC Law's 2002-2003 Faculty Member of the Year by the Law Students Association; and 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 2008-2009.


Present Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar & Professor, Boston College Law School

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fall 2016: Civil Procedure
  • Spring 2017: Scientific Evidence Seminar, Evidence

Contact Information

Mark S. Brodin
Professor of Law and
Lee Distinguished Scholar
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
Office Location:
East Wing 324


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Books (17)