Elected Law Professor at the prestigious American Law Institute | MSUToday


The American Law Institute elected Catherine Grosso, a professor at MSU College of Law, as a new member in July, recognizing her scholarship on the role of race and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of capital punishment.

She teaches criminal procedure, the law of capital punishment and a seminar on criminal juries. Grosso holds a BA in International Studies from Earlham College and a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Grosso is MSU’s seventh law professor member of the American Law Institute, an organization of 4,500 judges, attorneys, and law professors among the 1.3 million attorneys in the United States. The American Law Institute undertakes major legal projects to promote better administration of justice by clarifying existing law and proposing new legal principles. She is one of 60 jurists elected this summer.

Catherine is an influential intellectual jurist whose work promotes social justice,” said Linda Sheryl Greene, MSU Dean of Law, ALI Life Member. “His work on the role of race in sentencing decisions and the sentencing of innocent defendants has transformed our understanding of the integrity and reliability of the criminal justice system. She will bring this important expertise to ALI and in turn will share this rich experience of ALI with our teachers and students. »

Grosso is the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, which has been collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information about innocent defendant exonerations in the United States since 1989. She works closely at NRE with MSU Professor Barbara O’Brien, editor in chief of NRE.

“It’s a great honor to join ALI, and I’m thrilled to be involved,” said Grosso. “I have followed recent ALI projects with great interest. American Indian Law and Principles of Police Law are important works.

Grosso is the past president of the Society of American Law Teachers and a current member of its board of directors.

Besides Dean Greene and Grosso, the following MSU law professors are members of ALI: Kristine Bowman, James Ming Chen, Wenona Singel, David Thronson, and Nicholas Wittner.

“To further its work, the Institute elects individuals who reflect the excellence and diversity of today’s legal profession,” ALI states on its website. “Membership in the American Law Institute is a distinct professional honor and the number of elected members is limited.”


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