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Santacroce, David A.

Clinical Professor of Law
Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic

360 Legal Research

Professor David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. He previously served as Michigan Law's first associate dean for experiential education from 2013 to 2019. His primary interest is housing, consumer credit, and health care related civil rights. 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 80 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

Recent Publications

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"The 2016-17 Survey of Applied Legal Education." Robert R. Kuehn, co-author. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), 2017.
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Panelist, "Eviction Rights program" hosted by Ann Arbor Tenants Union, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 2020.

Panelist, "AALS Faculty Focus Series on Early Career Faculty in the time of COVID," Remote, July 2020.

Presented "The Power of Data and the U.S. Experiential Education Movement" at the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education National Conference, London, Ontario, June 2019.

Presented "Planning for Our Future by Understanding Our Past" at the AALS Clinical Conference, Chicago, May 2018.

Presented "Inside Out: Clinical Models in Practices" at the AALS Clinical Conference, Chicago, May 2018.

Presented "Access to Justice in the Age of Technology" at the AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 2018.

Presented "Are We Teaching Transferable Skills?" at the AALS Clinical Conference, Denver, May 2017.

Presented "Civic Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning in Engaged Learning" at the University of Michigan Provost's Seminar, Ann Arbor, March 2017.

Presented "Law School Curricula and Practice Readiness: Perfect Partners or Strange Bedfellows?" at the AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 2017.