David Rossman

Director, Criminal Law Clinical Programs
Professor of Law
School of Law

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B.A., Dartmouth College
J.D., Harvard Law School

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Since 1978, David Rossman has served as director of BU Law’s Criminal Law Clinical Programs. He teaches courses in criminal procedure, criminal trial practice, criminal trial advocacy and issues in criminal justice. “Working with young lawyers on actual litigation is immensely satisfying,” he says. “I’m always energized by the new ways in which they attack… Read more

Since 1978, David Rossman has served as director of BU Law’s Criminal Law Clinical Programs. He teaches courses in criminal procedure, criminal trial practice, criminal trial advocacy and issues in criminal justice. “Working with young lawyers on actual litigation is immensely satisfying,” he says. “I’m always energized by the new ways in which they attack problems that seem old hat to me.”

Professor Rossman has maintained an active criminal defense practice for nearly three decades. He has represented defendants at all state and federal court levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has served as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for grand jury investigations and prosecutions of white-collar crimes. As a Massachusetts special assistant attorney general, he represented bar counsel in federal litigation regarding the rules of ethics that regulate federal prosecutors. “Criminal law is exciting to me because the way it is formulated and implemented by police and the courts helps define the very society in which we live,” he says. “The issues involved are at the forefront of the public’s attention and literally have to do with life and death.”

Additionally, Professor Rossman has served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and a teaching fellow at Boston College Law School. He has consulted with the Massachusetts Department of Personnel Administration and the U.N.’s Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program and has written a treatise on guilty pleas, as well as monographs and articles on criminal procedure. In 2000, Professor Rossman spoke on “The Fight Against International Crime and the Threat to Individual Liberties” at the “Globalization and Crime” conference in Mexico City. He is currently involved in a State Department grant that provides assistance to a law school clinic in Siberia.

 

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      June 23, 2016

      Huffington Post David Rossman, School of Law Who is responsible when a domestic violence victim ends her life?… Expert quote: “It leaves a lot of power in the hands of the prosecutor to bring a criminal prosecution when there is an awful lot of speculation.” View full article

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      Patriot Ledger David Rossman, School of Law In 1993, a television crew from CBS’s “60 Minutes” was dispatched to Quincy to document something unusual happening in the city’s courthouse… Expert quote: “Going way back, the typical response would be to take the guy — it was always the guy — walk him around the block […]

    • Pam Smart’s mother condemns judge’s ruling that released murder weapon

      April 15, 2016

      Eagle-Tribune David Rossman, School of Law Pamela Smart’s mother has filed a complaint with the New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee, objecting to the language used in a judge’s decision to release the murder weapon from the highly publicized 1990 Derry murder case… Expert quote: “While it is not usual for a judge to go into […]

    • Is encouraging someone to kill themselves a crime? Massachusetts’ highest court will decide in texting case

      April 7, 2016

      Boston.com David Rossman, School of Law After the state’s highest court hears the stomach-churning details of how Michelle Carter told her boyfriend to kill himself in the last days of his life, they’ll be faced with a decision that goes beyond whether the legal case against the teenage girl should go forward… Expert quote: “That could be construed […]

    • Hundreds of OUI cases on hold as defendants challenge breath tests

      December 3, 2015

      MetroWest Daily News David Rossman, School of Law Hundreds of drunk driving cases in Massachusetts are temporarily on hold as a judge prepares to rule on whether evidence produced by alcohol breath-testing devices used across the state is scientifically sound… Expert quote: “The judge is going to determine whether the possibility of an error is […]

    • Middlesex DA’s office shows troubling attitude toward evidence

      October 18, 2015

      Boston Globe (subscription required) David Rossman, School of Public Health Middlesex County prosecutors had information that could have helped Aisling Brady McCarthy, the nanny accused of killing the 1-year-old she was caring for… Expert quote: “Their job is not just to win. Their job is to do justice, and that means even if they are […]

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      September 8, 2015

      Boston.com David Rossman, School of Law The case against Michelle Carter, a doe-eyed Massachusetts teen accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages, is both disturbing and unusual… Expert quote: “If you can be convicted of murder by persuading or convincing someone else to kill themselves, you can certainly be convicted of […]

    • Boston bombing trial: Should juror have known about victim’s family’s wishes?

      August 25, 2015

      Christian Science Monitor David Rossman, School of Law A juror in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber has said in a new interview that he may not have supported the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he had known that some victims’ families supported a life sentence instead… View full article quoting expert David […]

    • Sandwich police officer admits sufficient facts in drunken-driving case

      August 25, 2015

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