Michael Russo

Adjunct Professor


Prior to joining the adjunct faculty at Seattle University School of Law in 2011, Michael Russo worked for 22 years as a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles, California. From 1995 to 2010, Professor Russo was a senior trial attorney primarily focused on death penalty litigation. He also trained and supervised new attorneys and mentored experienced attorneys making the transition to capital defense work.

Professor Russo is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive), the Washington State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.


As a trial lawyer for indigent individuals facing serious charges, Professor Russo developed an intimate understanding of the effect that the justice system has upon defendants and crime victims, their families and loved ones, and the lawyers who work each day to represent their interests.


In November, 2010, Professor Russo relocated with his family to the Pacific Northwest. He is honored to have the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and faculty at Seattle University School of Law.  He hopes to share what he can from his experience as well as to learn from the next generation of lawyers.


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-418
Phone: (206) 398.4120
Email: russom@seattleu.edu


  • B.A. Economics, cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1988


  • Forensics
  • Evidence
  • Criminal Externship Seminar
  • A 21st Century Murder Trial of Richard III