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 College of 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's scholarship focuses on issues of democratic theory and practice that arise in the making and implementation of law in the modern regulatory state. He has published articles in leading journals on various aspects of administrative law, statutory interpretation, democratic accountability, direct democracy, constitutional theory, and civil procedure. Professor Staszewski’s work on statutory interpretation has recently appeared in the Boston University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal (with Evan J. Criddle), and William & Mary Law Review. His latest articles, Obergefell and Democracy and Civil Rules Interpretive Theory (with Lumen N. Mulligan), are forthcoming in the Boston University Law Review and Minnesota Law Review, respectively. Professor Staszewski served as the Law College’s first Associate Dean for Research from 2009 until 2014. He regularly teaches Civil Procedure, Legislation, and Administrative Law, and he has also taught courses on comparative constitutionalism and the regulatory state.
J.D. 1996, Vanderbilt University School of Law; B.A. 1993, University of Wisconsin
- 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.
- Civil Procedure I
(Formerly DCL 121) (This course is being replaced by Civil Procedure I LAW530A beginning fall 2011) A survey of civil procedure from selection of an appropriate forum through pleading and joinder. Areas considered include jurisdiction, venue, choice of law, pleadings, joinder of claims and joinder of parties. Primary emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with some discussion of state deviations from the federal model.
(Formerly DCL 329) This course starts with the premise that understanding the legislative process is important for sophisticated legal analysis in an age of legislation. The course therefore studies different theories of the legislative process, as well as the accompanying doctrines and theories of statutory interpretation. It also examines structures of representative democracy and deliberative decision making, including the principle of "one person, one vote," reapportionment of legislative districts, term limits, the line-item veto, and regulations of campaign finance. Finally, the course considers the use of direct democracy as an alternative to republican government and examines the role of administrative agencies in the implementation and interpretation of statutes. By the end of the semester, students will have a greater understanding of the various public law institutions in the United States, their relationships to one another, and how this knowledge can be used to construct persuasive arguments regarding the application of positive law to particular legal problems.
- 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.