David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic at the University of Michigan. 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.

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, Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than 75 percent of US law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing.

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.