Catherine M. Grosso

Catherine M. GrossoProfessor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 417
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Professor Grosso is a professor at the MSU College of Law. Her interdisciplinary scholarship examines the role of race and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of capital punishment. She teaches criminal procedure, capital punishment law, a seminar on criminal juries, and remedies.

    Her recent work examines the persistent role of race in jury selection and in charging and sentencing decisions relating to capital punishment. Her National Science Foundation-sponsored project with Prof. Barbara O’Brien analyzes the ways stereotypes influence voir dire in capital cases. A third line of work empirically evaluates the success of death penalty statutes in fulfilling the Eighth Amendment narrowing requirements.

    Prof. Grosso is also the managing editor of the National Registry of Exonerations. The Registry “collects, analyzes and disseminates information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States, from 1989 to the present.” The Registry provides a virtual home for exoneration stories and also an accessible, searchable statistical database about the cases.

    Grosso received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a Middle East concentration from Earlham College and a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 2001, with high distinction, Order of the Coif, University of Iowa College of Law; B.A. 1990, with honors, Earlham College

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Criminal Procedure: Investigation
    (Formerly Criminal Procedure I)This course provides students with an introduction to federal constitutional limits on police investigation under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. This includes the governance of search and interrogation, and the right to counsel. Students can take Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication in any order or at the same time. Students who have taken Criminal Procedure I are ineligible to enroll in this course.

    Foundations of Law
    The primary focus of this course is to provide first-year students with an introduction to the study of law, with preliminary exposure to legal reasoning, the structure of the American legal system, and fundamental legal-theoretical concepts. This course also seeks to put students who come to the law from a variety of academic backgrounds on a more equal footing.

  • Bar Admission(s)

    District of Columbia, Virginia (inactive)