MSU College of Law

Anthony J. Franze

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

Anthony Franze is a member of Arnold & Porter LLP's Appellate and Supreme Court practice in Washington, D.C. Franze has handled significant cases and appeals before state and federal courts across the country and has represented clients in more than 20 cases at the petition, amicus, and merits stages in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was counsel or co-counsel in three merits cases during the Supreme Court's 2010–11 term; each resulted in a unanimous victory for the firm's clients.

Franze has published several articles in leading law journals and has been a commentator for Bloomberg, SCOTUSblog, and the National Law Journal's Supreme Court Insider. He is the author of The Last Justice, a legal thriller set in the nation's highest court.

Franze was an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law from 2001 to 2003. He has taught Appellate Practice and Federal Jurisdiction as an adjunct professor in MSU Law's Washington, D.C., Semester Program since 2004. In summer 2011, he also participated in the Law College's foreign faculty exchange program.

Professor Franze is a magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review.

J.D. 1995, magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law School; B.S. 1992, University of Nebraska

  • Appellate Practice
    (Formerly DCL 544) Appellate Practice is a course designed to consider procedural issues that typically arise from the conclusion of trial proceedings and through the appellate process. It will cover appellate issues chronologically, beginning with finality of judgments at the trial court level, and cover such topics as standards of appellate review, interlocutory appeals, preservation of error, and other issues that are important for appellate practice.
  • Federal Jurisdiction
    (Formerly DCL 349) (This is a 2 credit course when taken in Washington D.C.)The focus of this course is the operation of the federal court system. It will cover not only the usual bases of federal court jurisdiction, such as diversity, federal questions and removal, but also other doctrines that impact federal courts, including standing, ripeness, mootness, abstention and state sovereign immunity. Significant attention will be focused on federal litigation under the Civil Rights Acts. This course will be of benefit to those intending to practice in federal courts and to those seeking a federal court clerkship.

District of Columbia, Supreme Court of the United States