David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor of law and Michigan Law's associate dean for experiential education. He teaches in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic (formerly the General Clinic) and his primary interest is impact litigation focusing on civil rights, particularly health care issues. Dean Santacroce is the founder and president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), a nonprofit corporation housed at the Law School. CSALE is dedicated to the empirical study of law school clinics and externship programs and the promotion of related scholarship. With the aid of CSALE data, Dean Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than two-thirds of U.S. law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing.
Dean Santacroce is also the president and founding member of Equal Justice America, a nonprofit corporation that provides grants to law students who volunteer to work with organizations providing civil legal services to the indigent. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Clinical Legal Education and former board member of the Clinical Legal Education Association. He is also former senior staff attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. While there, he managed a programmatic worker's rights campaign under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Dean Santacroce received an LLM from Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; a JD, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Pace Law Review; and a BA from Connecticut College.