Alexander Boni-Saenz

Alexander Boni-Saenz

  • Professor of Law
330 Mondale Hall

Degrees

  • Harvard University, A.B.
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc.
  • Harvard University, J.D.

Expertise

  • Property Law
  • Race & Law
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Age & Law

Professor Boni-Saenz’s scholarship focuses on age as a socio-legal category, legal issues in aging, and theoretical and doctrinal questions in inheritance law.  His scholarly work is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on insights from several areas, including medicine, philosophy, and social policy.  He has taught courses in Property, Trusts and Estates, Health Law, Elder Law, and Latinx and the Law. 

Professor Boni-Saenz earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review and an Editor on the Harvard Latino Law Review.  He also holds a M.Sc. with distinction in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and an A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Psychology and Government from Harvard College, where he was a Truman Scholar.

Prior to joining the Minnesota faculty, Professor Boni-Saenz was a Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Scholarship & Faculty Development, and Norman & Edna Freehling Scholar at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  Before that, he served as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and University of Iowa Law School.

Before entering legal academia, Professor Boni-Saenz clerked for Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He also practiced law as a Skadden Fellow at Legal Aid Chicago.  In this role, he created a medical-legal partnership for low-income seniors with Erie Family Health Center, which would later become the Health Justice Project at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Property


Latinx and the Law


Journal Articles

The Age of Racism, 100 Washington University Law Review 1583 (2023)
Legal Age, 63 Boston College Law Review 521 (2022)
Age Diversity, 94 Southern California Law Review 303 (2021)
Age, Equality, and Vulnerability, 21 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 161 (2020)
Age, Time, and Discrimination, 53 Georgia Law Review 845 (2019)
Distributive Justice and Donative Intent, 65 UCLA Law Review 324 (2018)
Sexual Advance Directives, 68 Alabama Law Review 1 (2016)
Sham and Remedial Doctrines, 22 Trusts & Trustees 850 (2016), reprinted in [2017] Trusts e Attivita Fiduciarie 17 (2017)
(with
Reid Kress Weisbord
)
Sexuality and Incapacity, 76 Ohio State Law Journal 1201 (2015)
Personal Delegations, 78 Brooklyn Law Review 1231 (2013), reprinted in Nussbaum and Law (Robin West, ed., Routledge, 2015); translated into Chinese, U.S. Durable Powers of Attorney & Adult Guardianship (Zhuqing Wang & Ye Tian, eds., 2016)
Public-Private Partnerships and Insurance Regulation, 121 Harvard Law Review 1367 (2008) (note); translated into Chinese, 19 Soochow Law Review 205 (Fan Yang trans., 2009)
A System for Interactive Assessment and Management in Palliative Care, 33 Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 745 (2007)
(with
Chih-Hung Chang
,
Ramon A. Durazo-Arvizu
,
Susan DesHarnais
,
Denys T. Lau
and
Linda L. Emanuel
)
Newsgathering in Light of HIPAA, 120 Harvard Law Review 1055 (2007) (note)
The Business of Employing People with Disabilities: Four Case Studies, 3 Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy 3 (2006)
(with
Allen W. Heinemann
,
Deborah S. Crown
and
Linda L. Emanuel
)
The Price of Palliative Care: Towards a Complete Accounting of Costs and Benefits, 21 Clinics in Geriatric Medicine 147 (2005)
(with
David Dranove
,
Linda L. Emanuel
and
Anthony T. LoSasso
)
Just Measures: A Methodology for Assessing the Global Value Added of Corporate Activities, 1 Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy 81 (2004)
(with
Chih-Hung Chang
,
Ajan Reginald
,
Ravi Kacker
and
Linda L. Emanuel
)

Book Chapters

Advance Consent and Network Consent, in Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality (Russell Shuttleworth & Linda Mona, eds., Routledge, 2021)
Powers of Attorney, in The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (Abbie Goldberg, ed., Sage Publications, 2016)
The Economic Burden of End-Of-Life Illness, in Palliative Care: Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (Larry Librach & Linda L. Emanuel, eds., Saunders, 2d ed., 2011)
(with
Kenneth Covinsky
and
Sandra Moody
)

Book Reviews

A Right to Sex?, The New Rambler (Apr. 18, 2016) (reviewing Don Kulick & Jens Rydström, Loneliness and Its Opposite: Sex, Disability, and the Ethics of Engagement (Duke University Press, 2015))

Other Publications

Posthumous Reproduction and Inheritance Law, Jotwell (Nov. 7, 2022) (reviewing Kristine S. Knaplund, Reimagining Postmortem Conception, 37 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 905 (2021))
A New Central Principle for Inheritance Law?, Jotwell (Aug. 18, 2021) (reviewing Felix B. Chang, How Should Inheritance Law Remediate Inequality?, 97 Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2022))
Are Sex Robots Enough?, 47 Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (2021)
Legacy Control, Jotwell (July 14, 2020) (reviewing Andrew Gilden, The Social Afterlife, 33 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 229 (2020))
Empirical Inheritance Law, 53 U.C. Davis Law Review 2641 (2020)
Implementing Prospective Autonomy, Jotwell (July 4, 2019) (reviewing Alberto B. Lopez & Fredrick E. Vars, Wrongful Living, 104 Iowa L. Rev. 1921 (2019))
The Temporal Dimension of Fiduciary Duty, Jotwell (Aug. 3, 2018) (reviewing Susan N. Gary, Best Interests in the Long Term: Fiduciary Duties and ESG Integration, 90 U. of Colo. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018))
The Non-Domination Principle in Fiduciary Law, Jotwell (Oct. 20, 2017) (reviewing Evan J. Criddle, Liberty in Loyalty: A Republican Theory of Fiduciary Law, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 993 (2017))
Designing Delusion Doctrine, Jotwell (Oct. 31, 2016) (reviewing Joshua C. Tate, Personal Reality: Delusion in Law and Science, 49 Conn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017))
Discussing and Assessing Capacity for Sexual Consent, Psychiatric Times (July 29, 2016)
Injecting Class into Trusts and Estates, Jotwell (Oct. 14, 2015) (reviewing Naomi Cahn & Amy Ziettlow, “Making Things Fair”: An Empirical Study of How People Approach the Wealth Transmission System, 22 Elder L. J. 325 (2015))
Baselines in Trust Term Extension, 67 Florida Law Review Forum 30 (2015)
Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle, Jotwell (Sept. 22, 2014) (reviewing David Horton, Indescendibility, 102 Calif. L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2014))