David Rossman

Director, Criminal Law Clinical Programs

Professor of Law

BA, Dartmouth College
JD, Harvard University

Areas of Interest
Criminal Law & Procedure, Trial Advocacy
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Biography

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 was involved in a State Department grant that provided assistance to a law school clinic in Siberia.

Publications
  1. David Rossman, "El Alcance Extraterritorial De Los Delitos De Cuello Blanco De Los Estados Unidos (The Extraterritorial Reach of United States White Collar Crime)," 8 The Lawyer: Revista Centroamericana 12 (2019).
  2. David Rossman, "Resurrecting Miranda's Right to Counsel," 97 Boston University Law Review 1129 (2017).
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  3. Wendy Kaplan & David Rossman, "Called 'Out' at Home: The One Strike Eviction Policy and Juvenile Court," in Symposium Our Youth at a Crossroad: The Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication, 3 Duke Forum for Law and Social Change 109 (2011).
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  4. David Rossman, "Conditional Rules in Criminal Procedure: Alice in Wonderland Meets the Constitution," 26 Georgia State University Law Review 417 (2010).
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  5. David Rossman, "The Globalization of Crime and the Threat to Individual Liberty," in Derecho Penal y Globalizacion __, Rafael Marquez Pinero, ed., Editorial Porrua (2001).
  6. David Rossman, Supplements XXII and XXIII to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, 1982, Matthew Bender (1995).
  7. David Rossman, "Challenging Guilty Pleas," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas Chapter 6, Matthew Bender (1995).
  8. David Rossman, "The Factual Basis Requirement," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas Chapter 4, Matthew Bender (1995).
  9. David Rossman, "The Effect of a Guilty Plea," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas Chapter 5, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1994).
  10. David Rossman, Supplements XX and XXI to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1994).
  11. David Rossman, "Voluntariness," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas Chapter 2, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1994).
  12. David Rossman, "The 'Knowing and Intelligent' Requirement," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas , Matthew Bender, 1982 (1993).
  13. David Rossman, "Plea Bargaining and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," in Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas Chapter 11, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1993).
  14. David Rossman, Supplements XVIII and XIX to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1993).
  15. David Rossman, Supplements XVII and XVIII to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1992).
  16. David Rossman, Supplements XV and XVI to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1991).
  17. David Rossman, "'Were There No Appeal': The History of Review in American Criminal Courts," 81 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 501 (1990-91).
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  18. David Rossman, "Double Jeopardy," in Massachusetts Criminal Defense Chapter 21, Eric D. Blumenson, ed., Butterworth Legal Publishers (1990).
  19. David Rossman, Supplement XIII and XIV to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1990).
  20. David Rossman, Supplement XI and XII to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1989).
  21. David Rossman, Supplement IX and X to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1988).
  22. David Rossman, Supplement VII and VIII to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1987).
  23. David Rossman, Supplement IV to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1986).
  24. David Rossman, Supplement V and VI to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1986).
  25. David Rossman, Supplement III to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1985).
  26. David Rossman, Supplement II to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1984).
  27. David Rossman, Supplement I to 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender, 1982 (1983).
  28. David Rossman, 2 Criminal Law Advocacy: Guilty Pleas, Matthew Bender (1982).
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  29. David Rossman, The Impact of the Mandatory Gun Law in Massachusetts, report to the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, (1979).
  30. David Rossman, "Massachusetts' Mandatory Minimum Sentence Gun Law: Enforcement, Prosecution and Defense Impact," 16 Criminal Law Bulletin 150 (1979).
  31. David Rossman, "Testing the Sufficiency of the Prosecution's Evidence by a Motion for a Judgement of Acquittal," in Criminal Defense Techniques Chapter 39, Matthew Bender, 1969 (1978).
  32. David Rossman, "Criminal Law and Procedure," 23 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law __ (1975-76).
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  33. David Rossman, Sheldon Krantz et al., The Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases: The Mandate of Argersinger v. Hamlin, Boston University Center for Criminal Justice (1976).
  34. David Rossman, "Criminal Law and Procedure," 22 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law __ (1974-75).
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  35. David Rossman, Intake Screening, A Proposal for Massachusetts District Attorneys, report for Boston University Center for Criminal Justice, (1975).
  36. David Rossman, "Criminal Law and Procedure," 21 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 35 (1974).
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  37. David Rossman, "The Scope of the Sixth Amendment: Who is a Criminal Defendant?" 12 American Criminal Law Review 633 (1974-75).
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