An inspirational career

David Santacroce , '92

Pace Law alum David Santacroce ’92, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education at the University of Michigan Law School,  is the recipient of the William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service & Commitment to Clinical Legal Education, presented by the AALS section on Clinical Legal Education.

While at Pace Law, David was the Managing Editor of the Pace Law Review and participated in the Access to Health Care/Civil Rights Clinic of John Jay Legal Services. He recently was Chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education and a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. 

At Pace, in his second year, David was the founding President of Equal Justice America, (EJA) a nonprofit corporation that to this day funds dozens of law students for summer and postgraduate public interest law practice employment – a total of over 4000 Equal Justice American Fellowships for Law Students seeking public interest careers in almost 25 years.  EJA has also established a two-year postgraduate Fellowship with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, providing free representation to detained immigrant mothers and children at the South Texas Family Residential Center, the largest immigrant detention center in the USA and another two-year postgraduate Youth Justice Fellowship at the East Bay Community Law Center, affiliated with Boalt Hall.  In addition, “EJA has raised and paid out more than $11 million in grants and has provided approximately 1.5 million hours of free legal services at programs that work to protect the rights of the poor and has launched similar state-level initiatives in ten states.  EJA still provides important support for Pace Law's EJA Disability Rights Clinic, and David is President of the EJA Board of Directors. 

Congratulations, David. Your work & career are an inspiration.