Boston University School of Law

David J. Breen

Professional Experience

Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
Clinical Associate Professor (2005 – Present)
Visiting Clinical Associate Professor (2003-2005)

  • Teach classes in Massachusetts Criminal Law, Procedure, Criminal Practice, and Trial Advocacy.
  • Conduct lectures and exercises on jury selection, suppression motions, and sentencing.
  • Evaluate hundreds of criminal complaints and select appropriate cases for student prosecutors.
  • Strategize and assist students in developing cases and preparing for trial and hearings.
  • Directly supervise and evaluate student prosecutors in Quincy District Court.
  • Manage relations between students, court personnel, District Attorney’s Office, and police departments.

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Clinical Associate Professor of Law (Spring, 2006, Summer 2007)

  • Developed curriculum for first-time class for students seeking Masters in Forensics in the Biomedical Forensics Sciences Program
  • Lecturer in subject matters ranging from an overview of the criminal justice system, the utilization of expert witnesses, the collection of evidence, the admissibility of DNA, ballistics, and fingerprint evidence, and trial advocacy skills.

Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Advocacy (2002 – 2003)
Supervise and teach trial advocacy and courtroom skills to law students in Clinical Programs.


"Can Spectators Deprive a Defendant of a Fair Trial by Wearing Buttons Showing His Alleged Victim's Face?" 34 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 20 (2006). 

Volunteer Service to the School

  • Executive Committee Member, Boston University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Chair, Student Life Committee
  • First-Year Faculty Advisor
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • BUSL Class of 1990 Class Agent and Reunion Planning Committee (1990-Present)

Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of Boston Boston, MA
Assistant Corporation Counsel (1999 2002)

  • Senior trial counsel in all phases of civil litigation in federal and state courts and Massachusetts agencies.
  • Supervised, evaluated, and/or advised support and paralegal staff and junior attorneys during trials.
  • Advised City officials and department heads on employment practices and compliance issues.
  • Interpreted and synthesized complicated statistical and medical expert testimony for juries and judges.

Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Assistant Attorney General (1996 – 1999)

Criminal Bureau

  • Conducted more than twenty trials and evidentiary hearings in courts throughout the state.
  • Drafted and argued complex motions, including successful Single Justice Appeal before the Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Served as community-based prosecutor in nationally recognized Safe Neighborhood Initiative in Roxbury.

Fair Labor & Business Practices Bureau

  • Investigated and prosecuted hundreds of tax and unemployment fraud cases throughout state.

Diversity Committee

  • Selected to serve on committee charged with responsibility of promoting and ensuring diversity office-wide.

New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office, New York, NY
Assistant District Attorney (1990 – 1996)
Trial Bureau

  • Prosecuted hundreds of cases from arrest through trial, in matters ranging from misdemeanors to homicides.

Special Investigations Bureau
Led successful investigations and prosecutions of international narcotics organizations.

  • Drafted complicated wiretap applications, search warrants, and oppositions to suppression motions.
  • Advised federal and state law enforcement on constitutional and criminal matters.

Summer Intern Hiring Committee

  • Interviewed and evaluated law student candidates for employment.


Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
Master in Public Administration, June 2003.
Methodological Area of Concentration: Strategic Management and the Mobilization of Support.
Additional Coursework:
Harvard Business School (Fall 2002): Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector
Universidad de la Habana (March 2003) Cuban studies program through the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, culminating in week-long site visits and lectures in Havana, Cuba.

Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
Juris Doctor, May 1990
Honors: Student Editor, American Journal of Law & Medicine; Student Graduation Speaker;
Sylvia Beinecke Robinson Award
Activities: Student Bar Association, 1987-90 (President, 1989-90, Vice President, 1988-89)

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, May 1986
Major: Government Minor: Theology

Volunteer and Non-Profit Experience

Fenway Community Health, Boston, MA
Member, Board of Directors
Committee Memberships:(2003-Present)

  • Chair, Nominating Committee
  • Women’s Health Committee
  • Government and Public Relations Committee
  • Capital Campaign/Development Committee
  • Finance Committee

Co-Chair, Men’s Event Fundraising Dinner (2001-2002)

  • Convened Steering Committee meetings for annual black-tie fundraising dinner, enlisted and mobilized volunteers, professional event-planners, entertainment staff, and members of Fenway’s Board of Directors.
  • Spear-headed recruitment and coordination of Table Captains, resulting in 40% increase in participation.
  • Grew fundraising and attendance of event by 30% and exceeded corporate sponsorship fundraising goals by 25%.

Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, Quincy, MA
Coordinated Campaign, Area Coordinator (1997-1998)

  • Led campaign team for all statewide Democratic candidates throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
  • Advanced hundreds of campaign and press events and briefed and led candidate for Governor for scheduled events.
  • Managed and staffed campaign office in City of Brockton and phone bank operations for twelve other communities.
  • Coordinated relationship between Carpenters Union and candidates for statewide and local office.
  • Represented and spoke on behalf of gubernatorial candidate at community and constituent events.

Judicial Council (1999 – Present)

  • Lead dispute resolution, mediation, and adjudications for State party and local committees throughout the state.

Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, Boston, MA
Member, Board of Directors (2000-2004)
Massachusetts oldest and largest political organization whose purpose is promoting education about and equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.

Juvenile Justice Partners, Cambridge, MA
Member, Young Professional Board of Advisors (2003-2004)
Non-profit organization affiliated with Harvard University with a mission to train law students and attorneys in effectively providing critical legal services for children.

Community Service and Honors

  • Greater Boston Business Council’s Individual Award for Excellence.
    Recipient of 2002 award for outstanding service to the Massachusetts Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Community by one of the country’s largest chambers of commerce.
  • Advocate and Authority for ATM Safety.
    Authored New York Times op-ed publication in favor of automated teller machine (ATM) safety measures and successfully lobbied New York City Council to implement first in the nation ATM Safety laws. Testified in favor of banking safety measures in Massachusetts Legislature. Featured on Dateline NBC (“Take the Money and Run,” 1998), Good Morning America, CBS Evening News and numerous local and national news programs.
  • Member, City of Boston’s Parkman Club.
    2002 inductee for exemplary contributions as an employee of the City of Boston, after successfully defending City of Boston in federal and state courts over three year period.
  • Biked More than 2,500 Miles for Charities.
    Raised more than $20,000 through training, participation and completion of Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride (2000) and Boston-to-New York AIDSRides (1995, 1996, 1997) and Harbor-to-the-Bay Ride (2006)