Michael Sant'Ambrogio

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

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Michael Sant’Ambrogio was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Law on January 8, 2024. Immediately prior to his appointment as Interim Dean, Professor Sant’Ambrogio served as Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the College of Law.

As Senior Associate Dean, he led the American Bar Association’s (ABA) successful re-accreditation process, guided efforts that have diversified the ranks of the law college’s adjunct faculty, helped increase the curricular offerings on the cutting edge of technology and the law, and introduced more effective bar exam preparation programs for students. In July 2023, he chaired the first ABA professional development conference for associate deans since the pandemic.

Previously, Dean Sant’Ambrogio served five years as Associate Dean for Research at the College of Law. Among his contributions were reviving the Faculty Workshops and increasing institutional support for junior faculty. Since joining MSU College of Law as a Professor in 2011, he has continued his passion for teaching and writing in the areas of Administrative and Regulatory Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, and Constitutional Law.

His recent scholarship focuses on the institutional structures, practices, and procedures facilitating public participation in the federal regulatory process. His scholarship has been published in numerous national law reviews, including Columbia Law Review, The Georgetown Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, The George Washington Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and Yale Law Journal.

Dean Sant’Ambrogio has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States on projects studying public engagement with federal agency rulemaking and the use of class actions and other aggregate procedures in agency adjudication. In 2016, the Administrative Conference adopted his recommendations based on the findings described in his Yale Law Journal article, Inside the Agency Class Action. In 2018, the Administrative Conference adopted his recommendations on enhancing public engagement with federal agency agenda setting and rule development, which were recently cited by the White House in guidance to all Executive Branch departments and agencies. He is currently beginning a project for the Administrative Conference on Public Participation in Agency Adjudication.

He is a 2001 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. Dean Sant’Ambrogio received his B.A. in History from Columbia University and an M.A. in American History from New York University. Before coming to MSU, he practiced law in New York City and taught at New York University School of Law.

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J.D. New York University School of Law
M.A. New York University
B.A. Columbia University