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Michael D. Sant'Ambrogio

Michael D. Sant'Ambrogio
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Associate Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 327
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6805
msantamb@law.msu.edu

J.D. 2001, cum laude, New York University School of Law; M.A. 1998, cum laude, New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; B.A. 1992, cum laude, Columbia College at Columbia University

  • Administrative Law
    (Formerly DCL 300) This course examines the place of administrative agencies in American government, and surveys the legal rules and principles governing agency regulation, adjudication, investigation, and enforcement; agency structure; and judicial review of agency action.
  • Constitutional Law I
    (Formerly DCL 171) An introduction to American constitutional law. This course surveys the distribution of national powers among the Congress, the president and the federal judiciary. After examining the fundamentals of judicial review and its limitations, the course considers the delegated powers of Congress and the tensions between Congress and the president in the exercise of national powers. The course concludes with an overview of governmental immunities. Some sections of Regulatory State and constitutional Law I are taught as a combined class.
  • Regulatory State
    This course introduces students to the legal rules and principles governing the modern regulatory state, including statutory interpretation, justifications for regulation, how agencies implement their statutory mandates, and how courts review agency regulation and action. The course provides a foundation for upper-level courses in Legislation, Administrative Law, and a host of public law courses. Some sections of Regulatory State and Constitutional Law I are taught as a combined class.

California, Hawaii, New York

Michael Sant’Ambrogio teaches and writes in the areas of Administrative and Regulatory Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Law and Social Change. His scholarship explores decision-making by federal agencies in an era of burgeoning responsibilities, declining budgets, and enhanced presidential control, as well as the relationship between legal institutions and social change. His scholarship has been published by Columbia Law Review, The Georgetown Law Journal, and The George Washington Law Review. His article, The Agency Class Action, was selected for the 2012 Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum.


Professor Sant’Ambrogio is a 2001 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. He received his B.A. in History from Columbia College and an M.A. in American History from New York University. After graduating from law school, Professor Sant’Ambrogio clerked for Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. He then practiced with the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, where he litigated a wide range of complex commercial disputes in federal court, represented immigrants in asylum and removal proceedings, and served as outside counsel to state and federal political campaigns. Professor Sant’Ambrogio later joined the Special Litigation Section of the New York Legal Assistance Group, where he represented plaintiffs in federal class actions seeking systemic reform of immigration and public benefits programs.

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Law Review Articles

The Extra-Legislative Veto, 102 Geo. L.J. 351 (2014).

The Agency Class Action, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1992 (2012) (w/Adam Zimmerman) (selected for the 2012 Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum).

Agency Delays: How a Principal-Agent Approach Can Inform Judicial and Executive Branch Review of Agency Foot-Dragging, 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1381 (2011).

Baehr v. Lewin and the Long Road to Marriage Equality, 33 U. Haw. L. Rev. 705 (2011) (with Sylvia A. Law) (invited submission to Moon Court symposium).


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