Boston University School of Law

The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (Ret.)

Adjunct Professor of Law
BA, With Distinction, The George Washington University (1972)
JD, Northeastern University School of Law (1975)
LLM, Harvard Law School (1983)


Full CV

The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (Ret.), a native of Havana, Cuba, emigrated to the United States at the age of ten. He received a B.A. “With Distinction” from The George Washington University in 1972, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1975 and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1983. He is licensed as an attorney in Florida and Massachusetts. He was a Judge for 6 years at the Lawrence District Court and 16 years at the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he presided over more than 400 jury and jury waived trials, and issued hundreds of decisions in civil and criminal matters. Since leaving the bench in September 2008 at age 58, he has tried several jury and jury waived civil and criminal cases, and argued a number of appeals. He is of Counsel to Kajko, Weisman, Colasanti & Stein, LLP, in Lexington, MA. He also handles mediations and arbitrations through The Mediation Group (TMG) in Brookline, MA.

Much of his professional life is devoted to teaching. He has been a Lecturer in Law at Northeastern University School of Law since 1985 and an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School since 2002. Most frequently he teaches Evidence and Criminal Procedure, though he has taught Torts, Criminal Law, Administrative Law and trial practice. He has also taught full time at New England Law, in the civil clinical program at Harvard Law School, and as a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University School of Law on a one-year leave from the Superior Court. He frequently participates as faculty in CLE programs.

Prior to going to the bench in 1986, he was a public defender in Roxbury, MA, and Miami, FL, and served as a Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor at the Legal Services Institute (now the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center) of Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain, MA. He is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, for his work as a judge and for public service. Examples of these include the prestigious Boston Bar Association Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service (2001), the Cornelius J. Moynihan Excellence in Teaching Award at Suffolk University Law School (2012, 2007), and his selection as faculty speaker at three Northeastern University School of Law graduations (1992, 1998, 2000).

Judge Borenstein is most passionate in life about his family, friends, Cuba, teaching, American political and legal history, movies, music and sports. His son studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon; his wife is an amazing attorney (and partner); and his stepdaughter is currently in India for a year of community service through her university, Princeton.

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