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Mark S. Brodin


Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar


Professor Mark S. Brodin is Michael & Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School. He 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 often-cited law review articles. Notably, his article "The Murder of Black Males in a World of Non-Accountability: The Surreal Trial of George Zimmerman for the Killing of Trayvon Martin" appears in the Wiley A. Branton Symposium Issue of the Howard Law Journal, and he is currently completing a ten-year retrospective on the case.

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. He was Staff Attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association from 1974 to 1980 and on the Steering Committee until 1991, representing plaintiffs in individual and class actions in the areas of employment discrimination, housing discrimination, sexual harassment, First Amendment, and police misconduct.

Brodin is co-author of Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence (Wolters Kluwer), Criminal Procedure: The Constitution & Police (Aspen Publishing), and Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and Context (Aspen Publishing). He published William P. Homans Jr.: A Life in Court (Vandeplas Publishing), tracing the life and times of the iconic criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer. Brodin is Editorial Consultant to the six-volume Weinsten’s Federal Evidence treatise (LexisNexis).

For brief periods, Brodin served as an appellate attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (now the Committee for Public Counsel) and a special assistant district attorney with the Norfolk County District Attorney. He has had appointments as a visiting scholar at the Radzyner School of Law’s Interdisciplinary Center in Herliya, Israel, and at Trinity Law School in Dublin, Ireland. He was also a visiting professor at Boston University School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

The Law Students Association named Brodin BC Law’s 2002-2003 Faculty Member of the Year. Additionally, the Black Law Students Association awarded Brodin the Ruth Arlene Howe Award in both 2005 and 2006 and the Anthony P. Farley Excellence in Training Award for the 2008-2009 academic year.