Meet Our Faculty


Isaac Borenstein

Harvard University, LLM 1983
Northeastern University, JD 1975
George Washington University, BA 1972

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The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (Ret.), a native of Havana, Cuba, emigrated to the United States in 1961 at the age of ten. He received a B.A. “With Distinction” from The George Washington University in 1972, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1975 and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1983.

He is licensed as an attorney in Florida and Massachusetts.  He was a Judge for 6 years at the Lawrence District Court and 16 years at the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he presided over more than 400 jury and jury waived trials, and issued hundreds of decisions in civil and criminal cases.  Since leaving the bench in September 2008 at age 58, he has tried several jury and jury-waived civil and criminal cases, has argued a number of matters at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and has served as master and monitor on a number of cases. He also handles mediations and arbitrations through The Mediation Group (TMG) in Brookline, MA.

Much of Judge Borenstein’s professional life has been devoted to teaching. He has been a Lecturer in Law at Northeastern University School of Law since 1985 and an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School since 2002.  He has also taught full time at New England Law, in the civil clinical program at Harvard Law School, and as a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University School of Law on a one year leave from the Superior Court. In the spring of 2013, as a Lecturer in Law, he taught Professional Responsibility at Boston University School of Law. Apart from dozens of decisions on complex civil and criminal matters, he has published two articles, one on sentencing and the second on judicial participation in plea negotiations, in the Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School. He frequently participates as faculty in CLE programs for judges, attorneys and others.

Prior to going on the bench in 1986, he was a public defender in Roxbury, MA, and Miami, FL, and served as a Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor at the Legal Services Institute (now the WilmerHale Legal Services Center) of Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain, MA. He is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, for his work as a judge and for public service. Examples of these include the prestigious Boston Bar Association Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service (2001), the Cornelius J. Moynihan Excellence in Teaching Award at Suffolk University Law School (2012, 2007), and his selection as faculty speaker at three Northeastern University Law School graduations (1992, 1998, 2000).


James Hackney

Master of Legal Studies
Yale University, JD 1989
University of Southern California, AB 1986

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Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Hackney was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella. He was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal during law school.

Professor Hackney’s research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. His fields of expertise also include corporate law, as well as race and the law. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007) and Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012).


Thomas M. Madden

Northwestern University, JD 1989
New York University, MA 1996
Trinity College, BA 1986

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Professor Madden is a seasoned professor and legal counsel to private businesses and financial institutions. His expertise is in the legal environment of business, including business ethics and security regulations.

He is currently Of Counsel in the office of Little Medeiros Kinder Bulman & Whitney, PC, a business law firm. In the past, he has taught courses at Johnson and Wales University, New York University, Providence College School of Business, and Roger Williams University School of Law.

He is a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York Bars.


Sean Nolon

Pace University, JD 1997
Cornell University, BA 1992

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Professor Nolon is an expert professor and practitioner of law who currently teaches full time at Vermont Law School and serves as a guest lecturer for Northeastern University.

He has designed and taught courses on land use law, environmental law, and dispute resolution at Vermont Law School, Pace Law School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Pepperdine Law School, and Dartmouth College. In the past, he has served as the director of the Land Use Law Center and executive director of the Theodore W. Kheel Center on Environmental Solutions at Pace University School of Law. He is also an experienced litigator, mediator, and arbitrator specializing in public policy, environmental, and complex commercial disputes.

Professor Nolon’s scholarship has been cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications including: Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes (Lincoln Institute, 2013) with Ona Fergosun and Patrick Field; and “Environmental Dispute Resolution” (In: The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing) edited by Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl. His articles have been published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Idaho Law Review, Pace Law Review, and the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Professor Nolon conducts training programs on negotiation, mediation and environmental law for NGOs, private companies, local governments, state agencies domestically and internationally. Representative clients include: Scenic Hudson, Village of Ossining, the Surdna Foundation, Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA), Utah Property Rights Ombudsman, and The Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007, Professor Nolon was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Honors Award.


David M. Philips

Columbia University, JD 1967
Brandeis University, AB 1964

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Professor Phillips has written extensively in the areas of business ethics, foreign trade and investment, commercial law, corporations, the Uniform Commercial Code, the role of legal scholarship and law schools in developing nations and foreign legal systems, and federal restrictions on aviation and foreign investment.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Phillips was a Fulbright scholar and lecturer at Seoul National University Graduate School of Law, a fellow of the International Legal Center and a consultant to the US Cultural Attaché to the Republic of Korea and the Agency for International Development. Professor Phillips served as a co-reporter of a Boston Bar Association project to revise the Massachusetts Business Corporation Law. The revised statute was passed and signed into law, effective July 2004. He teaches in the areas of corporate and business law.


Rebecca L. Rausch

Northeastern University, JD 2004
University of California, Berkeley, ML 2011
Brandeis University, BA 2001

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Professor Rausch’s expertise is in health law and regulation, including but not limited to: issues pertaining to Medicare/Medicaid, private insurance structures and regulation, tax exemption, fraud and abuse, reproductive health, compliance, medical malpractice, and numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her interests extend to administrative law, contracts, professional responsibility, and feminist legal theory.

In the past, Professor Rausch has served as a Health Care Associate and as a Litigation Associate at law practices in the Boston area; she has taught at Seattle University School of Law. Professor Rausch is also a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.


James Rowan

Duke University, JD 1970
Duke University, LLM 1978
Georgetown University, AB 1967

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Professor Rowan is an expert at representing poor people and their organizations.

His fields of expertise include administrative law, benefits law, civil liability, civil rights, clinical legal education, community development, constitutional law, consumer protection, cooperative legal education, court procedure and evidence, disability law, domestic violence, employment law, insurance, legal education, legal ethics, poverty law, public interest advocacy, race and the law, and social security. He has taught courses in Welfare Law, Poverty Law and Practice, Trial Practice, Lawyering Process, Professional Responsibility and an advanced course in Criminal Procedure. He is also involved with the Pathways to Practice program.

Professor Rowan heads the Poverty Law and Practice Clinic and supervises all of the clinical programs. His specific interests include community legal education, economic development and grassroots organizing. He works collaboratively with a range of legal services and private practitioners on these issues.