Glen Staszewski

Professor of Law & The A.J. Thomas Faculty Scholar

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 230E
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Glen Staszewski’s scholarship focuses broadly on the democratic legitimacy of law making and interpretation in the modern regulatory state and seeks to identify ways to facilitate reasoned deliberation and agonistic contestation within government. He has published articles in leading journals such as the Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, and UCLA Law Review on topics at the intersection of administrative law, constitutional theory, legislation, statutory interpretation, and civil procedure. His work generally involves interpretive theory and other ways to improve the structure, functioning, and legitimacy of democratic institutions.

Professor Staszewski served with Michael Sant’Ambrogio as a consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) on a project that examined existing and best practices for Public Engagement with Agency Rulemaking. ACUS adopted a series of recommendations based on their research, and their related article entitled “Democratizing Rule Development” was published in the Washington University Law Review. His recent work with Anya Bernstein argues that the same kind of populism that we have recently seen in the political sphere has insinuated itself into legal theory as well. Their research on “Judicial Populism” and “Populist Constitutionalism” has appeared in the Minnesota Law Review, The New York Times, and the North Carolina Law Review. In keeping with his broad interests in interpretive theory and democratic legitimacy, Professor Staszewski has also recently published articles on stare decisis theory, the interpretation of ballot initiatives, and the administrative state’s capacity to promote justice.

Professor Staszewski was a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the MSU Law faculty. He served as Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review during law school and was subsequently elected to the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Staszewski recently served as Co-Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the Law College. He currently serves as Chair of the Administrative Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Staszewski regularly teaches Civil Procedure, Legislation, and Administrative Law, and he has also taught courses on comparative constitutionalism, presidential powers, and the regulatory state. He has twice received the distinguished faculty award for excellence in teaching from MSU Law’s Student Bar Association.

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J.D. Vanderbilt Law School
B.A. University of Wisconsin