Michael S. Ross is the principal of the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where he concentrates his practice in attorney ethics and criminal law. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Mr. Ross has been an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School since 1980 (where he teaches Fall and Spring Semester courses in Litigation Ethics). Mr. Ross has also taught a variety of trial practice and judicial administration courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2005 (where he teaches a Fall course in Professional Responsibility, and has taught Spring and Summer courses over the years as well). In addition, in three and a half decades of teaching at Cardozo Law School, he has taught a variety of ethics, trial practice and judicial administration courses.
Mr. Ross is a frequent lecturer and author on topics involving ethics, trial practice and criminal law for such organizations as the Practicing Law Institute, the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Judicial Institute, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Association of Trial Lawyers and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Ross currently serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Discipline; the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Professional Discipline; the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on the Unlawful Practice of Law; and the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Mass Disasters. He previously served for a number of terms on the Association of the Bar of the City Of New York’s Committee on Professional Discipline, the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, and the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force On Lawyer Advertising.
Mr. Ross completed a five-year tenure as an appointed member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, which, among other things, formulates CLE guidelines in the State. Mr. Ross has chaired the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Grand Jury Committee and the City Bar Association’s Committee on Criminal Advocacy. He previously served as the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and was an appointed member of the ABA’s Special Criminal Justice In Crisis Committee.
Among his writings, Mr. Ross has co-authored a chapter on “Client and Witness Perjury,” for the ABA’s Section of Litigation ethics training course book entitled “Litigation Ethics: Course Materials For Continuing Legal Education.” The course book was developed for use nationally by law firms, bar associations and other groups which provide ethics training.