Paul Burakoff

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Paul Burakoff worked for over 18 years in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit, specializing in the prosecution of financial and healthcare fraud criminal cases. During that period he spent almost a year in Albania training prosecutors as part of an international program administered by the U.S. Departments of State and Justice.

    Prior to his federal service, he served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, California, where he also taught law classes at both the law school and undergraduate level. Prior to that he worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and civil trial attorney in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    He has lectured classes at the University of Michigan's School of Law on the topic of prosecutorial ethics, and its School of Business on the criminal ramifications of certain business conduct.

  • Courses
    • Evidence
      (Formerly DCL 220) A study of the means and methods of proof or disproof of a proposition as either permitted, required or prohibited under the Anglo-American system of jurisprudence. The rules respecting problems of remoteness and prejudice of evidence, circumstantial proof, the employment of writings, their authentication and proof of their contents. A study in depth of hearsay evidence and its status in the evidence. A thorough inquiry into the so-called "evidential preferences" of our legal system and the deficiencies of hearsay evidence as related to these preferences.