David A. Santacroce, a clinical professor in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, teaches in the General Clinic. His primary interest is impact litigation focusing on civil rights, particularly health care issues. Prof. 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 applied legal education and the promotion of related scholarship. With the aid of CSALE data, Professor Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than half of U.S. law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing.
Prof. 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. Prof. 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.