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Robert M. Bloom

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Robert M. Bloom, Professor of Law, has had legal experience in legal services, civil rights law, and as a criminal attorney, both a defense lawyer and prosecutor. He also has been a court-appointed master on complicated civil cases. He is the author of numerous publications in the area of criminal procedure and civil procedure.

Professor Bloom received the Ruth Arlene Howe Faculty Member of the Year award from the Black Law Students Association for the 2002-2003 academic year.


B.S., Northeastern University; J.D., Boston College.


Work in Progress: 
“The Story of Earls: Drug Testing in the Public Schools.” In Education Law Stories. New York: Foundation Press.

- Panelist and Lecturer on eyewitness and informant issues for ABA Criminal Justice Section. (Baltimore, Maryland November 2005)

- Member of the panel, "Dred Scott to Grutter: Civil Rights through the Years," for Black History Month at BC Law in February 2005

- Talk on terroism and the abuse of presidential power before board of overseers BC Law (Oct 2006)

- Presentation on American legal education at the Hyogoken Bar Association, Kobe, Japan, in October

Presentation on jury nullification and suggestions for implementing a mixed jury system in Japan, at the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, Tokyo, Japan, in November

- On the subject of racial profiling at a discussion highlighting the acts of terrorism on September 11, sponsored by the Civil Rights Group at BC Law in January

- On racial profiling as part of a panel discussion sponsored by the Black American Law Student Association at BC Law in March.

- Grant Recipient-From the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and in Partnership with Boston University School and Tomsk State University Law Faculty of Russia to assist in developing a law curriculum in Tomsk. (September 2002) In conjunction with this grant visited Tomsk State University (June 2003)(May 2005)

- Worked on a death penalty case in Oklahoma in 2006

- As update editor for Moore’s Federal Practice, he is responsible for Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 3, 6, 31–36, 77, and 81.
- Member of the BC Law Alumni Association Law Day Committee

Visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nisinomiya, Japan

- Hosted a delegation from the Japanese Supreme Court. Hosted Dean Vladimir Utkin of the Law Institute of Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia, in April.

- Received the Ruth-Arlene Howe Award for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year from the BC Law Black Law Students Association in April 2003.

- Quoted in numerous newspapers on the use of informants by the government. 

- Coach of the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team, won the competition at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey, in March 2006 and 2007.


- Fall '06: Civil Procedure; Criminal Procedure; National Criminal Procedure Moot Court

- Spring '07: Civil Procedure; Criminal Procedure; Judicial Process


- With Mark S. Brodin. Criminal Procedure: The Constitution and the Police, Examples and Explanations. 5th ed. Boston: Aspen Publishers, 2007

- With William J. Dunn. “The Constitutional Infirmity of Warrantless NSA Surveillance: The Abuse of Presidential Power and the Inquiry to the Fourth Amendment.” William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 15 (2006): 147-202

- “Jury Trials in Japan.” Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review 28 (2006): 35-68

- “Introduction to the Civil Procedure Puzzle.” In Teaching the Law School Curriculum, edited by Steven Friedland and Gerald F. Hess, 19. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2004

- With Mark S. Brodin. Criminal Procedure: Examples and Explanations. 4th ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2004

- "More Citizen Jurors or Fewer Citizen Jurors." [Japanese translation by Satoru Shinomiya] Quarterly Keigi-Bengo 33 (Spring 2003): 14-17

- Searches, Seizures, and Warrants: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution. Westport, CT : Praeger, 2003

- "Jailhouse Informants." Criminal Justice 18: no.1 (Spring 2003): 20-26, 78

- Update editor. Chapters 3, 6, 31-36, 81. In Moore's Federal Practice, 3rd ed., 2003 update. Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, 2003

- Ratting: The Use and Abuse of Informants in the American Justice System. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2002

- With Mark S. Brodin. Criminal Procedure: Examples and Explanations. 3rd ed. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business, 2000

- Chapter author for "Automobile Searches." Chapter 4D, 4D-1– 4D-62, "Suppression of Illegally Obtained Evidence: Pretext Searches." Chapter 83, 83-1 - 83-18, in Criminal Defense Techniques, edited by Robert M. Cipes and others. New York: Matthew Bender, 1997

- Chapter author. "Commencement of Action." Chapter 3 (Co-authored with Daniel R. Coquillette) 3-1–3-34, "Time." Chapter 6, 6-1– 6-143, "Applicability in General." Chapter 81, 81-1–81-40, in Moore's Federal Practice, 3rd ed., edited by Daniel R. Coquillette et al. New York: Matthew Bender, 1997

- With Mark S. Brodin. Criminal Procedure: Examples and Explanations. 2nd ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1996

- "Clinical Education Programs-An Overview." In SAPLA Handbook for Pre-Law Advisors, Seventh Printing and Revision, compiled and edited by Gerald Lee Wilson, 93-95. Southern Association of Pre-law Advisors, September 1995

- "Criminal Procedure Mate: Searches and Seizures, Interrogation, Identifications, and Exclusionary Remedy." [Boston]: Little, Brown and Company, 1995

- "Judicial Integrity: A Call for its Re-Emergence in the Adjudication of Criminal Cases." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 84 (Fall 1994): 462-501

- "Inevitable Discovery: An Exception beyond the Fruits." American Journal of Criminal Law 20 (Fall 1992): 79-103

- With Mark S. Brodin. Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Examples and Explanations. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1992

- "United States v. Leon and its Ramifications." University of Colorado Law Review 56 (Winter 1985): 247-263

- "The Supreme Court and its Purported Preference for Search Warrants." Tennessee Law Review 50 (Winter 1983): 231-270

- "Warrant Requirement -- The Burger Court Approach." University of Colorado Law Review 53 (Summer 1982): 691-744

- With Marshall F. Newman. "Rent Control." Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 21 (1974): 502-537