John M. Burkoff, a graduate of Michigan (A.B.) and Michigan (J.D.) and Harvard (LL.M) Law Schools, is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught from 1976 to 2017. He served previously at Pitt Law as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Burkoff has published forty-nine books in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal ethics. Some of his lectures on Criminal Law have been made available commercially in the “Law School Legends” series (“America’s greatest law school professors on audio CD”).
Burkoff was awarded both the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award by the University of Pittsburgh, and he has was voted Teacher of the Year by the graduating law school class. He has lectured in numerous continuing legal education programs at many U.S. law schools, the National Judicial College, the Third Circuit Judicial Conference, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court New Judges Training Program, and the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Judicial Education Conference.
Burkoff has been involved with projects relating to human rights, criminal justice, legal ethics, and legal education all over the world. He has taught at Bahcesehir University (Istanbul), the University of Navarra (Spain), the University of Ghent (Belgium) where he was Chair in Foreign Law, the University of Iceland, the University of Belgrade (Serbia), the University of Burundi, the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Moi University (Kenya). Burkoff has also participated in human rights projects for the U.S. Embassies in Burundi, Iceland, and Kenya; he has taught legal ethics to Eastern European lawyers in Slovakia for U.S. Steel; and he has consulted on civilian control of the police in Albania for the U.S. State Department, also teaching at the National Police Academy of Albania. Burkoff was the first Chairperson of the City of Pittsburgh’s Citizens Police Review Board, and was a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board.
Executive Dean Burkoff has previously sailed on the Spring 1990, Fall 1996 (Academic Dean), Summer 2001 (Director, Law at Sea Program), Summer 2007 (Executive Dean), Summer 2010 (Executive Dean), and Summer 2013 (Executive Dean) Semester at Sea Voyages.