Instructor in Law




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


  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law / Criminal Procedure
  • Cuba Seminar


Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret.) was a full-time Instructor In Law during the 2017-2018 academic year, and teaching Evidence, Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure, as well as the Cuba Seminar, is a semester-long class with one week of course work at the University of Havana School of Law.  He has taught 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 2018, 2012 and 2007 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 also taught full and part-time at several other law schools, particularly at Northeastern University where he was selected Faculty Speaker at commencement four times by the graduating classes:  1992, 1998, 2000 and 2014.  In addition to his primary subjects of Evidence and Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure, he has taught Criminal Law, Torts, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, co-taught Conflicts of Law, as well as Civil and Criminal Trial Practice.  During academic year 2018-2019 he is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching Evidence in the Fall and Criminal Procedure in the Spring.  During the Summer Session 2018 at Suffolk Law School he is teaching Advanced Topics in Evidence and Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure. 


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 recently co-authored an article on the U.S. embargo on Cuba in the Suffolk Law Review (2018), and has published on 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 2008 he has served as a mediator/arbitrator at the Mediation Group (TMG) in Brookline, MA, helping to resolve, short of trial, many dozens of cases.


Judge Borenstein frequently contributes to 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.