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Stephen N. Subrin

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Photo - Stephen N. Subrin Stephen Subrin is a professor of Law at Northeastern University.  Before joining the Northeastern University faculty in 1970, Professor Subrin practiced civil litigation and labor law for seven years with the Boston firm of Burns & Levinson, where he became a partner in 1966. He has published extensively on civil procedure, with an emphasis on procedure reform, and the historical background of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Professor Subrin has taught Civil Procedure, Evidence, Complex Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Federal Courts and The Legal Imagination. He was reporter to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure for 12 years and was consultant to the reporter on the Local Rules Project of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Along with coauthoring Litigating in America, Professor Subrin is coauthor of a seminal casebook, Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context.

Professor Subrin has taught Civil Procedure at Harvard Law School and Renmin University in Beijing, China, and Complex Litigation at Yale Law School.  He has also taugh Introduction to the American Legal System at the Cornell Law School Paris Summer Institute.


Martha L. Minow

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Martha L. Minow is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Research Interests
• Equality and Inequality
• Human Rights and Transitional Societies
• Law and Social Change
• Religion and Pluralism

Subject Areas for Supervising Written Work
• Civil Procedure
• Equality
• First Amendment
• Human Rights
• Law and Education
• Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations

• University of Michigan A.B. 1975, History
• Harvard Graduate School of Education Ed.M. 1976
• Yale Law School J.D. 1979
• Wheelock College Ed.D. (Honorary) 1998
• University of Toronto S.J.D (Honorary) 2006

• Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
• Senior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
• Assistant Professor of Law, 1981
• Professor of Law, 1986
• Acting Director, Harvard University Program on Ethics and the Professions, 1993-94
• Acting Director, Harvard University Center on Ethics and the Professions, 2000-01
• William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Law, 2003-2004
• Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, 2005


Mark S. Brodin

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Mark S. Brodin is Professor of Law and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School. A graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School (where he served on the Law Review), Professor Brodin clerked for United States District Judge Joseph L. Tauro from 1972 to 1974. He was Staff Counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association from 1974 to 1980, representing plaintiffs in civil rights actions including DeGrace v. Rumsfeld, 614 F. 2d 796 (1st Cir. 1980); N.A.A.C.P. Boston Chapter v. Harris, 607 F. 2d 514 (1st Cir. 1979); Harris v. White, 479 F. Supp. 996 (D. Mass. 1979); Cooke v. Sarni Original Dry Cleaners, 2 M.D.L.R. 1012 (1980), aff'd 388 Mass. 611 (1983) (trial counsel.)

Professor Brodin has published extensively in the areas of employment discrimination, constitutional criminal procedure, evidence and litigation. He is the author of numerous law review articles and co-author of the Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence (Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Editions) with Paul J. Liacos and Michael Avery (Little, Brown/ Aspen., 2007); Criminal Procedure: The Constitution and the Police, Examples and Explanations (First thru Fifth Editions) with Robert M. Bloom (Aspen 2007); Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and Context (First and Second Editions) (Aspen 2004) (with Steve Subrin, Martha Minow, & Thom Main).

Professor Brodin has served for brief periods as an appellate attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (now the Committee for Public Counsel) and as a special assistant district attorney with the Norfolk County District Attorney.
Professor Brodin was named BC Law's 2002-2003 Faculty Member of the Year by the Law Students Association, and given the Ruth-Arlene W. Howe Award from the Black Law Students’ Association in 2005 and 2006.


Thomas O. Main

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Professor Main is an expert in the field of domestic and international civil procedure with numerous publications including Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context (Aspen Publishers), a leading casebook in the field that is now in its third edition. A second book, Global Issues in Civil Procedure (West), is the first of a series of books intended to globalize the law school curriculum. In addition, he is co-authoring a book with Professor Stephen McCaffrey, Transnational Litigation in Comparative Perspective, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Main has taught domestic and international procedure courses at Pacific McGeorge since 2000, and has also taught as a visiting professor at law schools at Florida State University, Yeshiva University (Cardozo), UC Davis. and foreign law schools. 

Prior to his academic career, Professor Main was a litigator in the trial department at Hill & Barlow in Boston, Massachusetts, and was the Associate General Counsel at Platinum Equity. He clerked for Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Professor Main has been elected to the American Law Institute and the International Association of Procedural Law.