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Santacroce, David A.

Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Clinical Professor of Law
Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

361 Legal Research

Professor 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 and his primary interest is impact litigation focusing on civil rights, particularly health care issues. Professor 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, Professor Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than 75 percent of U.S. law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing. Professor 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 was also 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. Professor 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.

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Co-author. "The Status of Clinical Faculty in the Legal Academy: Report of the Task Force on the Status of Clinicians and the Legal Academy." B. L. Adamson et al., co-authors. J. Legal Prof. 36, no. 2 (2012): 353.
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Co-author. "Report on the 2010-11 CSALE Survey of Applied Legal Education.", co-author. R. R. Kuehn, co-author. Ann Arbor: Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education, (2012).
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​Co-author. "Clinical Faculty in the Legal Academy: Hiring, Promotion and Retention." B. L. Adamson et al, co-authors. J. Legal Ed. 62, no. 1 (2012): 115-61.
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"The WARN ACT." In Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law: A Manual for Attorneys Representing the Labor Movement, by National Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild; edited by E. Gautier. (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 1999-), 2: 10-1 to 10-38. (Santacroce continues to update the WARN Act chapter in this looseleaf work which began publication in 1981.)

"The WARN Act." In Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice, by National Employment Lawyer's Association; edited by J. Goodman. New York: M. Bender, 1991-. (Santacroce authored the WARN Act chapter in this looseleaf work in 1998 and he continues to update it. )
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Presented "A Statistical Profile of Applied Legal Education" at a plenary session at the Clinical Legal Education Association's New Clinicians Conference, Palm Springs, California, May 2015.​

Sat on two plenary sessions, "Leading Experiential Learning" and "Who Does the Work in the New Normal," at the Annual AALS Law Clinic Directors Conference, Palm Springs, California, May 2015.​

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