Instructor in Law




  • BA, George Washington University
  • JD, Northeastern University
  • LLM, Harvard University


  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law / Criminal Procedure
  • Cuba Seminar


Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret.) is a full-time Instructor of Law during the 2017-2018 academic year. He is teaching Evidence, Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure, as well as the Cuba Seminar; this is a semester long class, with one week of course work at the University of Havana School of Law. He has taught previously at Suffolk as a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Law (2013-2014) and as a Visiting Professor of Law (2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017), as well as an Adjunct Professor (2000-2013).

The 2007 and 2012 graduating classes at Suffolk awarded him the Cornelius J. Moynihan Award for Teaching Excellence; the 2014 graduating class selected him for the Thomas J. McMahon Award for Extraordinary Dedication to the Student Body; the class of 2016 awarded him Adjunct Professor of the Year, and the class of 2017 honored him as Visiting Professor of the Year.  Since 1979 he has taught full and part-time at several other law schools including Northeastern University where he was selected Faculty Speaker at commencement four times by the graduating classes: 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2014.

Judge Borenstein was a Superior Court and District Court trial judge in Massachusetts for 22 years. He presided over more than 400 jury and jury-waived trials. Apart from hundreds of written decisions on complex civil and criminal cases while a Judge, he published on issues of sentencing and judicial participation in plea negotiations. He received numerous awards for his work as a Judge. Since retiring from the bench in the fall of 2008, he has tried cases in state and federal court, briefed and argued several appeals at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and since the fall of 2008 he has served as a mediator/arbitrator at the Mediation Group (TMG) in Brookline, MA.

Judge Borenstein frequently contributes in the media on legal issues. He received a BA With Distinction from the George Washington University (1972), a JD from Northeastern University (1975), and an LLM from Harvard Law School (1983). He was born and raised until age 11 in Havana, Cuba, immigrating to the U.S. in 1961.