Alexander A. Boni-Saenz

Associate Dean for Scholarship & Faculty Development, Professor of Law, Norman & Edna Freehling Scholar

In the Fall of 2022, Professor Boni-Saenz will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of 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.  In 2019, Professor Boni-Saenz received the Chicago-Kent College of Law Excellence in Teaching Award and was a Visiting Professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  In 2021, he was appointed the Associate Dean for Scholarship & Faculty Development and a Norman & Edna Freehling Scholar.

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 Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Boni-Saenz was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School.  He clerked for Chief 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, where he created a medical-legal partnership for low-income seniors with Erie Family Health Center (which would later become the Health Justice Project).


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


Articles & Essays

The Age of Racism, 100 Washington University Law Review __ (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) (reviewed on Jotwell).

Sham and Remedial Doctrines, 22 Trusts and Trustees 850 (2016) (with Reid Kress Weisbord).

          Reprinted in [2017] Trusts e Attività Fiduciarie 17.

Sexuality and Incapacity, 76 Ohio State Law Journal 1201 (2015).

Personal Delegations, 78 Brooklyn Law Review 1231 (2013) (reviewed on Jotwell).

          Reprinted in Nussbaum and Law (2015) and U.S. Durable Powers of Attorney & Guardianship (2016) (in Chinese).

Public-Private Partnerships and Insurance Regulation, 121 Harvard Law Review 1367 (2008) (student note).

          Reprinted in 19 Soochow Law Review 205 (2009) (in Chinese).

Newsgathering in Light of HIPAA, 120 Harvard Law Review 1055 (2007) (student comment).

A System for Interactive Assessment and Management in Palliative Care, 33 Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 745 (2007).

The Business of Employing People with Disabilities: Four Case Studies, 3 Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy 3 (2006).

The Price of Palliative Care: Toward a Complete Accounting of Costs and Benefits, 21 Clinics in Geriatric Medicine 147 (2005).

Just Measures: A Methodology for Assessing the Global Value Added of Corporate Activities, 1 Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy 81 (2004).

Book Chapters

Advance Consent and Network Consentin Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality (2021).

Powers of Attorney, in The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016).

The Economic Burden of End-Of-Life Illness, in Palliative Care: Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2nd ed. 2011).


Are Sex Robots Enough?, 47 Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (2021).

Empirical Inheritance Law, 53 U.C. Davis Law Review 2641 (2020).

Discussing and Assessing Capacity for Sexual Consent, Psychiatric Times (July 29, 2016).

A Right to Sex?, The New Rambler (April 18, 2016).

Baselines in Trust Term Extension, 67 Florida Law Review Forum 30 (2015).

Jotwell Reviews

Posthumous Reproduction and Inheritance Law, Jotwell (November 7, 2022).

A New Central Principle for Inheritance Law?, Jotwell (August 18, 2021).

Legacy Control, Jotwell (July 14, 2020).

Implementing Prospective Autonomy, Jotwell (July 4, 2019).

The Temporal Dimension of Fiduciary Duty, Jotwell (August 3, 2018).

The Non-Domination Principle in Fiduciary Law, Jotwell (October 20, 2017).

Designing Delusion Doctrine, Jotwell (October 31, 2016).

Injecting Class into Trusts and Estates, Jotwell (October 14, 2015).

Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle, Jotwell (September 22, 2014).