Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Public Defender Project
John P. Gross is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Director of the Public Defender Project. Professor Gross teaches courses in criminal law, criminal defense and trial practice.
Professor Gross began his legal career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City. After eight years as a public defender, he joined the faculty of Syracuse University College of Law as a Practitioner in Residence and subsequently became Director of their Criminal Defense Clinic. Professor Gross left Syracuse to become Indigent Defense Counsel for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he worked on indigent defense reform and authored a series of reports documenting the failings of indigent defense delivery systems. Professor Gross then joined the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law where he directed their criminal defense clinic for several years before joining the Defender Association of Philadelphia as their Director of Policy and Practice prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Professor Gross’s academic research focuses on the structure of indigent defense systems, criminal defense, and police policies and practices regarding the use of force.
Scholarship & Publications
News & Media
Thursday, May 27, 2021John Gross: Why do police keep shooting into moving cars?
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021John Gross comments on public defender shortage in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio
Friday, Mar 12, 2021John Gross comments on 'spark of life' doctrine
Monday, Feb 15, 2021John Gross: Prison walls can't stop COVID-19; vaccinating prisoners makes everyone safer
The Cap Times
Monday, Oct 5, 2020John Gross joins UW Law's clinical faculty to direct Public Defender Project