Catherine M. Grosso

Catherine M. Grosso
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Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 417
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6962
grosso@law.msu.edu

  • Biography

    Professor Grosso is a professor at the MSU College of Law. Her interdisciplinary scholarship examines the role of race and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of capital punishment. She teaches criminal procedure, capital punishment law, a seminar on criminal juries, and remedies.

    Her recent work examines the persistent role of race in jury selection and in charging and sentencing decisions relating to capital punishment. Her National Science Foundation-sponsored project with Prof. Barbara O’Brien analyzes the ways stereotypes influence voir dire in capital cases. A third line of work empirically evaluates the success of death penalty statutes in fulfilling the Eighth Amendment narrowing requirements.

    Prof. Grosso is also the managing editor of the National Registry of Exonerations. The Registry “collects, analyzes and disseminates information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States, from 1989 to the present.” The Registry provides a virtual home for exoneration stories and also an accessible, searchable statistical database about the cases.

    Grosso received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a Middle East concentration from Earlham College and a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 2001, with high distinction, Order of the Coif, University of Iowa College of Law; B.A. 1990, with honors, Earlham College

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses
    • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
      (Formerly Criminal Procedure I)This course provides students with an introduction to federal constitutional limits on police investigation under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. This includes the governance of search and interrogation, and the right to counsel. Students can take Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication in any order or at the same time. Students who have taken Criminal Procedure I are ineligible to enroll in this course.
    • Foundations of Law
      The primary focus of this course is to provide first-year students with an introduction to the study of law, with preliminary exposure to legal reasoning, the structure of the American legal system, and fundamental legal-theoretical concepts. This course also seeks to put students who come to the law from a variety of academic backgrounds on a more equal footing.
    • Law and Policy of Corrections
      This course could be offered for 2 or 3 credits. This is a course on applied or advanced constitutional law in the context of prisoners and pretrial detainees. The first part of the course will provide an introduction to punishment and sentencing. The second part of the course provides a survey of the constitutional law of incarceration, including materials on procedural and substantive due process, equal protection, the ban on cruel and unusual punishment, First Amendment protections, and rights of access to the courts and attorneys. The final section considers the mechanics of prisoners' rights litigation under Section 1983.
  • Bar Admission(s)

    District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive)

  • Publications

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    Law Review Articles

    A Stubborn Legacy: The Overwhelming Importance of Race in Jury Selection in 173 Post-Batson North Carolina Capital Trials, First Author with Barbara O'Brien. Iowa Law Review (forthcoming 2012).

    Statistical Proof of Racial Discrimination in the Use of Peremptory Challenges: The Impact and Promise of the Miller-El Line of Cases, As Reflected in the Experience of One Philadelphia Capital Case, Second Author with David C. Baldus (deceased at time of final drafting and publication), Robert Dunham, George Woodworth & Richard Newell. Iowa Law Review (forthcoming 2012).

    Confronting Race: How A Confluence of Social Movements Convinced North Carolina to Go Where the McCleskey Court Wouldn't, Barbara O'Brien & Catherine Grosso. Mich. St. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).

    Racial Discrimination in the Administration of the Death Penalty: The Experience of the United States Armed Forces (1984-2005), David C. Baldus, George Woodworth, Catherine M. Grosso & Richard Newell. 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology (forthcoming Winter 2012).

    The Role of Intimacy in the Prosecution and Sentencing of Capital Murder Cases in the United States Armed Forces, 1984-2005, Catherine M. Grosso, David Baldus & George Woodworth. 40 N.M. L. Rev. 273 (2010).

    The Impact of Civilian Aggravating Circumstances on the Military Death Penalty: Another Chapter in the Resistance of the Armed Forces to the Civilianization of Military Justice, 1984-2005, Catherine M. Grosso, David C. Baldus & George Woodworth. 43 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 569 (2010).

    Race and Proportionality Since McCleskey v. Kemp (1987): Different Actors with Mixed Strategies of Denial and Avoidance, David C. Baldus, George Woodworth, and Catherine M. Grosso. 39 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 143 (2007).

    Arbitrariness and Discrimination in the Administration of the Death Penalty: A Legal and Empirical Analysis of the Nebraska Experience (1973–1999), David C. Baldus, George Woodworth, Catherine M. Grosso, and Aaron M. Christ. 81 Neb. L. Rev. 486 (2002).

    International Law in the Domestic Arena: The Case of Torture in Israel, Catherine M. Grosso.86 Iowa L. Rev. 305 (2000).

    Other Publications

    Empirical Studies of Race and Geographic Discrimination in the Administration of the Death Penalty: A Primer on the Key Methodological Issues, David Baldus, George Woodworth, Neil Alan Weiner, David Zuckerman, and Catherine M. Grosso. In Capital Punishment: The Defining Issues for the Next Generation (Charles S. Lanier, William J. Bowers, and James Acker eds.) (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Acad. Press 2008).

    James Skelly Wright, Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court (forthcoming 2008).

    Mapping Work and Outcomes: Participatory Evaluation of the Farm Preservation Advocacy Network, Cornelia Butler Flora and Catherine M. Grosso. 1 Soc. Prac. 133–155 (1999).

    Human Rights and Norwegian Aid to the Palestinian Areas: A Self-Monitoring Exercise, Catherine M. Grosso and Lars Gule. In Human Rights in Developing Countries 1997 (Hugo Stokke, Astri Suhrke, and Arne Tostensen eds.) (1997).