MSU College of Law

Michael Sant'Ambrogio

Michael Sant'AmbrogioProfessor of Law &
Associate Dean For Research

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 367
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Michael Sant'Ambrogio teaches and writes in the areas of Administrative and Regulatory Law, Civil Procedure, and Constitutional Law. 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 or is forthcoming in Boston University Law Review, Columbia Law Review, The Georgetown Law Journal, The George Washington Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. His article, The Agency Class Action, was selected for the 2012 Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum. In 2015-2016, Professor Sant'Ambrogio served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States on a project studying the use of class actions and other aggregate procedures by federal agencies in their adjudicatory proceedings. In June 2016, the Administrative Conference adopted his recommendations on the use of aggregation by federal agencies based on findings that appear in his forthcoming article in the Yale Law Journal, Inside the Agency Class Action.

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.

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. Students who have taken Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling (810K) may not take this course
  • 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.

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Law Review Articles

Inside the Agency Class Action, 126 Yale L.J. 1634 (2017)

Legislative Exhaustion, 58 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1253 (2017)

Standing in the Shadow of Popular Sovereignty, 95 B.U. L. Rev. 1869 (2015).

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).