Glen Staszewski

Glen Staszewski
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Professor of Law & The A.J. Thomas Faculty Scholar
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 230E
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    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 within public institutions. 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 recently 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 latest project 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” has appeared in the Minnesota Law Review and The New York Times.

    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 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.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 1996, Vanderbilt University School of Law; B.A. 1993, University of Wisconsin

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    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

    (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.

  • Bar Admission(s)