Professor of Law


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 310-G
  • Phone: 617-573-8573
  • Fax: 617-305-3088
  • Email:


  • AB, Wesleyan University
  • JD, University of Chicago.

Bar Admittance

  • IL
  • MA


  • Constitutional Law
  • Mediation
  • Supreme Court Seminar
  • Clinical Teaching


University of Chicago Law School: Clinical Fellow, 1972-1975. Boston College Law School: Assistant/Associate/ Professor of Law, 1975-1999; Associate Dean, 1986-1990; Acting Dean 1990. Suffolk University Law School: Professor of Law, 1999 – present; Dean, 1999-2007.

Professional Activities

Volunteer Mediator, Framingham Court Mediation Services (FCMS) and Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC); Mediation Trainer, Newton North High School; Board of Directors: FCMS, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Second Step.


Book Chapters

Chapter on Civil Procedure, in ANNUAL SURVEY OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW (1984)


The Librarian’s Risk of Irrelevance (in the Eyes of the Law School Dean), 95 LAW LIBR. J. 421 (2003)

Uncoupling the "centrist bloc"--An Empirical Analysis of the Thesis of a Dominant, Moderate Bloc on the United States Supreme Court, 62 TENN L. REV. 1 (1994)

Justice Souter Joins the Rehnquist Court: An Empirical Study of Supreme Court Voting patterns, 41 KANSAS L. REV. 11 (1992)

Pennhurst v. Halderman: The Eleventh Amendment, Erie and Pendent State Law Claims, 34 BUFFALO L. REV. 227 (1985)

Full Faith and Credit and Section 1983: A Reappraisal, 63 N.C.L. REV. 59 (1984)


Testing the Patterns, 1 33 BOSTON COLLEGE L AW SCHOOL ( 1993 )


Who will succeed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? , 04/14/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)

The impact of budget cuts on the courts , 05/03/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)

Supreme Court Nomination of Elena Kagan , 05/11/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)