Samuel Gross, J.D


University of Michigan Law SchoolSamuel R. Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law, graduated from Columbia College in 1968 and earned a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973. He was a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco for several years, and worked as an attorney with the United Farm Workers Union in California and the Wounded Knee Legal Defense Committee in Nebraska and South Dakota. As a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. in New York and the National Jury Project in Oakland, California, he litigated a series of test cases on jury selection in capital trials and worked on the issue of racial discrimination in the use of the death penalty. He was a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School and came to the University of Michigan from the Stanford Law School faculty. Professor Gross teaches evidence, criminal procedure, and courses on the use of the social sciences in law. His published work focuses on the death penalty, false convictions, racial profiling, eyewitness identification, the use of expert witnesses, and the relationship between pretrial bargaining and trial verdicts.