David Rossman

David Rossman

Director, Criminal Law Clinical Programs

Professor of Law

BA, Dartmouth College
JD, Harvard University


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

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  • David Rossman, Resurrecting Miranda's Right to Counsel 73 Boston University Law Review (2017)
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  • Wendy J. Kaplan, Wendy Kaplan & David Rossman, Called 'Out' at Home: The One Strike Eviction Policy and Juvenile Court 3 Duke Forum for Law and Social Change (2011)
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  • David Rossman, Conditional Rules in Criminal Procedure: Alice in Wonderland Meets the Constitution 26 Georgia State University Law Review (2010)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XXII and XXIII to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1995)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XX and XXI to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1994)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XVIII and XIX to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1993)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XVII and XVIII to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1992)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XV and XVI to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1991)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XIII and XIV to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1990)
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  • David Rossman, 'Were There No Appeal': The History of Review in American Criminal Courts 81 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1990)
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  • David Rossman, Double Jeopardy, in Massachusetts Criminal Defense (Eric Blumenson and members of the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Bar,1990)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement XI and XII to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1989)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement IX and X to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1987)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement VII and VIII to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1987)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement V and VI to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1986)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement IV to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1986)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement III to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1985)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement II to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1984)
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  • David Rossman, Supplement I to Criminal Law Advocacy, v.2 Guilty Pleas (1983)
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  • David Rossman, Criminal Law Advocacy, v. 2: Guilty Pleas (1982)
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  • David Rossman, Massachusetts' Mandatory Minimum Sentence Gun Law: Enforcement, Prosecution and Defense Impact 16 Criminal Law Bulletin (1979)
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  • David Rossman, Testing the Sufficiency of the Prosecution's Evidence by a Motion for a Judgement of Acquittal, in Criminal Defense Techniques (Robert M. Cipes (1969-1972), Sidney Bernstein (1972-1976), Irwin Hall (1972-1980) ; updates by Scott M. Daniels, Karen Straus,1978)
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  • David Rossman, Criminal Law and Procedure 23 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law (1976)
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  • Sheldon Krantz, Paul Froyd, Janis Hoffman, David Rossman & Charles Smith, Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases: The Mandate of Argersinger v. Hamlin (1976)
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  • David Rossman, Criminal Law and Procedure 22 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law (1975)
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  • David Rossman, The Scope of the Sixth Amendment: Who is a Criminal Defendant? 12 American Criminal Law Review (1975)
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  • David Rossman, Criminal Law and Procedure 21 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law (1974)
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In the Media

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  • WBUR May 28, 2022

    Suspects Aren’t Entitled to A Lawyer at Clerk’s Hearings in Mass. But Having One Makes A Huge Difference

    David Rossman is quoted.
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  • Boston 25 News July 26, 2021

    Rachael Rollins Nominated to be Massachusetts U.S. Attorney

    David Rossman is quoted.
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  • Law360 June 14, 2021

    Justices Seek Feds’ Input On Harvard Affirmative Action Case

    David Rossman is quoted.
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  • Law 360 October 8, 2020

    Barrett Puts Affirmative Action In Play As Harvard Case Looms

    David Rossman is quoted.
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  • The Enterprise

    Defense Lawyers Question Plymouth County District Attorney’s Record on Exposing Cops with Credibility Issues

    David Rossman is quoted.
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  • BU Today August 21, 2020

    Court Was Misguided in Overturning Tsarnaev’s Death Penalty

    A piece by David Rossman.
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  • September 13, 2019

    Actress Felicity Huffman’s Sentencing

    David Rossman interviewed by NBC Boston.
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  • December 4, 2018

    Panel is Charged with Reviewing State’s ‘Secret Courts’

    David Rossman quoted in the <em>Boston Globe</em>
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  • September 27, 2018

    The Problem with Making a Sex-Crimes Prosecutor the Face of Senate Judiciary Republicans

    David Rossman quoted in <em>SFGate</em>
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  • September 18, 2018

    No Prints, No Plea – Legal Snafu Delays Justice for Carney Family

    David Rossman quoted in Wicked Local Middleborough
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  • July 24, 2018

    The ‘noble idea’: Inside the Job of District Attorney

    David Rossman quoted in "The 'noble idea': Inside the job of district attorney," The Berkshire Eagle. 
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