Suffolk University Law School

Professor of Law
Director, Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation
Director, Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 340-I
  • Phone: 617-573-8777
  • Fax: 617-305-3086
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  • BA, Yale College
  • JD, Harvard University
  • LLM, Columbia University
  • Teaching

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Biography

    Andrew Perlman teaches professional responsibility and civil procedure and directs the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation. Andy also created and directs Suffolk’s concentration in Legal Technology and Innovation. The concentration, which is similar to a major, prepares students for 21st century legal employment with specialized courses in important legal innovations and technologies, such as automated document assembly, expert systems, legal project management, process improvement, and virtual lawyering.

    Andy is the Vice Chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and he was the Chief Reporter for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, which successfully proposed numerous changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to address technology-related ethics issues. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and was the 2014 chair of the Section on Professional Responsibility of the Association of American Law Schools.

    Andy has written numerous articles on professional responsibility, and he is a co-author (since 2008) of the annually updated book, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (with Stephen Gillers and Roy D. Simon). He also has co-authored a civil procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: A Coursebook, with Professors Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen, which has been adopted at more than 70 law schools, and he is a frequent contributor to the Legal Ethics Forum blog.

    Andy regularly speaks about professional responsibility at academic conferences, bar association programs, and local and international law firms. He also serves as an expert witness in cases and disciplinary matters involving professional responsibility issues.

    Prior to entering academia, Andy clerked for a federal district court judge in Chicago and practiced as a litigator there. He is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and he received his LL.M from Columbia Law School.

    Professional Activities

    Vice Chair, ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services (2014-2015)

    Chief Reporter, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 (2010-2013)

    Chair, Section on Professional Responsibility, Association of American Law Schools (2014)

    Member, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (since 2009)

    Fellow, College of Law Practice Management (since 2014)



    REGULATION OF LAWYERS: STATUTES AND STANDARDS (Aspen 2015) (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon) (annually updated)

    CIVIL PROCEDURE: A COURSEBOOK, 2d ed. (Aspen 2014) (with Joseph Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen)

    CIVIL PROCEDURE: RULES, STATUTES AND OTHER MATERIALS (Aspen, 2014) (with Joseph W. Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) (annually updated)

    REGULATION OF LAWYERS: STATUTES AND STANDARDS (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon) (annually updated; added as co-author as of the 2009 edition)

    Book Chapters

    Remedying Law's Partiality Through Social Science, in IDEOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) (Jon Hanson, ed.)


    Towards the Law of Legal Services, 37 CARDOZO L. REV. __ (2015)

    A Behavioral Theory of Legal Ethics, 90 IND. L. J. __ (2015)

    The Twenty-First Century Lawyer's Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence, 22:4 THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER 1 (2014)

    The Parallel Law of Lawyering in Civil Litigation, 79 FORDHAM L. REV. 1965 (2011)

    The Legal Ethics of Metadata Mining, 43 AKRON L. REV. 785 (2010)

    The Silliest Rule of Professional Conduct: Model Rule 5.2(b), 19 :3 THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER 14 (2009)

    Ethics and Professionalism in the Digital Age, 60 MERCER L. REV. 927 (2009) (presentation transcript)

    Unethical Obedience by Subordinate Attorneys: Lessons from Social Psychology, 36 HOFSTRA L. REV. 451 (2007) (reprinted in Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel and Bala G. Dhuran, eds., ENRON AND OTHER CORPORATE FIASCOS: THE CORPORATE SCANDAL READER, 2d. ed. 2009).

    Moving Beyond Zeal in the Rulemaking Process: A Reply to Professor Monroe Freedman, 14 GEO. MASON L. REV. 185 (2006)

    Untangling Ethics Theory from Attorney Conduct Rules: The Case of Inadvertent Disclosures, 13 GEO. MASON L. REV. 767 (2005)

    A Bar Against Competition: The Unconstitutionality of Admission Rules for Out-of-State Lawyers, 18 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 135 (2004)

    Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Regulation, 55 FLA. L. REV. 977 (2003)

    A Career Choice Critique of Legal Ethics Theory, 31 SETON HALL L. REV. 829 (2001)

    Public Accommodation Laws and the Dual Nature of the Freedom of Association, 8 GEO. MASON U. CIV. RTS. L.J. 111 (1998)

    Other Publications

    Contributor, Legal Ethics Forum Blog (2005-present)

    Innovation in Legal Education, Law Practice Today (Jan. 2014)

    Protecting Client Confidences in a Digital Age: The Case of the NSA, JURIST-Forum, Mar. 4, 2014

    Post-Trial Juror Contact in Massachusetts: A History, Some Problems, and a Proposal for Reform in Vol. 1 No. 2 MASSACHUSETTS BAR INSTITUTE SECTION REVIEW, 28-30 ( 2009 )

    Selected Media

    ABA Journal (NSA Surveillance Policies Raise Questions About the Viability of the Attorney-Client Privilege), September 2014

    New York Times (Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm), Feb. 15, 2014

    ABA Journal (Reciprocity Fight Returns as Lawsuits Press the ABA-Advocated Issue), Feb. 1, 2014 (Suffolk Law Launches New Law Technology Concentration), Nov. 26, 2013

    WRKO, (Discussing Google Glass), July 24, 2013

    ABA Journal (Ethics 20/20 Commission Hones Proposals Going to the ABA House of Delegates), Nov. 1, 2011

    New York Times (Selling Pieces of Law Firms to Investors), Oct. 28, 2011

    The "al Qaeda 7" Controversy , March 18, 2010