R. Marc Kantrowitz served as an associate justice in both the trial court and Appeals Court where he handled scores of land use related cases.Three days after leaving the bench in 2015 he was in Athens, Ohio serving as a visiting professor/scholar at his alma mater Ohio University, both lecturing and teaching for the fall semester.The course he taught centered around his most recent book, Old Whiskey and Young Women: American True Crime Tales of Murder, Sex and Scandal.
In addition to his non-legal writing, which includes three other history related books, Kantrowitz is the most highly published attorney in the Commonwealth on state law.He has either authored or co-authored books on criminal law, motor vehicle tort law, juvenile law, evidence, and mental health law.He has also written numerous law-related articles and chapters.
While a judge, he served on several SJC committees, most notably as a member of the Model Murder-Manslaughter Jury Instructions Committee; as a member and acting chair of the Bishop-Fuller Committee, established to develop protocol concerning the rights of criminal defendants to review the psychiatric records of complainants who sought psychiatric care; and, perhaps most tellingly, he created and chaired, for several years, the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law, established to assemble the current law into one easily usable document. The Massachusetts Guide to Evidence (Flaschner), created under his guidance, is a mainstay, along with his Criminal Law Sourcebook (MCLE), in courts throughout the Commonwealth.He has also taught at various local institutions and currently teaches criminal trial advocacy at Northeastern University’s School of Law.
From 1972 to 1985, Kantrowitz served in the United States Army Reserves, leaving as a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps. He earned a B.A., cum laude, from Ohio University, an M.A. in political science from Ohio University, and a J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law.