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
John Gross published "The Right to Hybrid Representation in Criminal Court" in the Ohio State Law Journal Online, which focuses on Darrell Brooks' complaint that he was denied standby counsel for assistance when he chose to defend himself.
To mark the 60th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the right to counsel, John Gross published "Reframing the Indigent Defense Crisis" in the Harvard Law Review Blog. Read the article.
News & Media
Wednesday, May 31, 2023Wisconsin’s Public Defender Shortage: John Gross Explains
Monday, May 22, 2023John Gross: ‘Preservation Of Life’ Is Hard To Hear Over 94 Gunshots
Thursday, Apr 20, 2023John Gross Comments on Charges in Chandler Halderson Case
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2023What does the law say about drug charges in overdose cases? John Gross explains.
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023John Gross: Without the right to adequate counsel, is our criminal justice system legitimate?
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023Wisconsin approves bail reform; where does it go from here? John Gross discusses.
Monday, Apr 10, 2023John Gross Comments on Body Cam Footage Showing Shooting Death of Dalaneo Martin
Friday, Apr 7, 2023John Gross on What's Next for Trump and His Campaign After Indictment
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023John Gross Discusses Cash Bail
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2023John Gross Discusses Drug-Induced Homicide Penalties in Wisconsin
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023Pro-choice and pro-life advocates discuss abortion pills amid Texas court case. John Gross comments.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023John Gross Comments on Case Involving Landlord-Tenant Dispute
Friday, Dec 9, 2022State Agent Wants Dane Co. DA Recused in Quadren Wilson Shooting; John Gross Comments
Friday, Nov 12, 2021Updated: UW Law experts provide context on criminal law during Kyle Rittenhouse trial
Monday, Oct 5, 2020John Gross joins UW Law's clinical faculty to direct Public Defender Project