Boston University School of Law

The Honorable Jay D. Blitzman

Adjunct Professor of Law
First Justice, Juvenile Court Department, Middlesex Division

B.A., summa cum laude, Union College
J.D., Boston College

Prior to his judicial appointment, Jay D. Blitzman was a founder and the first director of the Roxbury Youth Advocacy Project, a community based interdisciplinary public defenders unit. He also co-founded Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ). Presentations include: Debating the future of the juvenile court before the National Academy of Sciences National Resource Council (D.C. 1999; “Theory and Scope of Juvenile Court”); keynote at annual Conn. Juvenile Court Conference (2004),  the DOJ/National Defender Conference 2000, and ABA panels moderated by Prof. Charles Ogletree; “A Call to Justice” (D.C. 2008), “New Paradigms in Juvenile Justice (Boston 2009) and  “Alternatives To Suspension and Expulsion”; national conference sponsored by the ABA and American Psychological Association (D.C. 2013).  In March of 2012 he was part of the Massachusetts delegation that participated in a national summit in N.Y.C.- “Keeping  Kids In School and Out of Court”. He has also testified before the Presidential National Rape Elimination Act Commission regarding juvenile detention and submitted written testimony to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. Publications include, “Children’s Rights and Relationships: A Legal Framework”; (with Francine Sherman; Chapter 4 in Juvenile Justice (Wiley @ Sons 2011), Gault’s Promise; BARRY L. REV. (Vol. 9 Fall 2007), “Access to Justice in Juvenile Court, MASS. L. REV. (Vol 93, No. 1, 2010), “Delinquency Practice”; Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Lexis- 1998- 2008).  Judge Blitzman is the Co-Editor of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court Bench Bar Book (MCLE 2003, 2008, 2011).  He was also an advisory board member for the Boston Bar Association publication, “Gideon’s New Trumpet”.  He formerly served as a member of the board of directors of the Children’s Trust Fund and was an advisory member of the board of the Light of Cambodian Children. He is currently an advisory member on the board of the Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion Project in Middlesex County.  In addition to these activities Jay, at the request of Chief S.J.C. Justice Roderick Ireland, is piloting a judicial-school outreach program. This endeavor includes visiting area schools and participating in classroom civics education with middle school students and teachers.

Jay is an adjunct at Northeastern University School of Law (Juvenile Courts), Boston University School of Law (Community Courts), Suffolk Law School (Trial Advocacy), and the University of Massachusetts/Lowell (Juvenile Justice and Youth Crime- School of Criminology and Justice Studies) where he teaches a seminar in juvenile justice.  He also has been a member of visiting faculty in the September and January sessions of Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop program since 1986.  Judicial appointments include tenures on the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) Committees on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Study Groups on Judicial Conduct and Judicial Comment, and currently, the SJC Study Group on Eyewitness Identification.  He served on the SJC Committee on Judicial Ethics from 2000-2010.

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) annually awards the Jay D. Blitzman Youth Advocacy Award.  Jay is also a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actor’s Guild and has been a writer’s consultant on the T.V. programs The Trials of Rosie O’Neill and Judging Amy. Awards include the John G. Brooks  Public Service Award (BBA) and the Judge Leo Lydon  Award (Mass. Juvenile Bar Association).