Alan C. Michaels

Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law
Contact Information:

(614) 292-0574 Drinko 220B


Curriculum Vitae Bibliography

  • A.B., Harvard College, Social Studies, 1983 (magna cum laude)
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1986

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Criminal Law
  • Sports Law

Alan C. Michaels was approved by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees as dean of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in November 2008.

Dean Michaels graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1983 and from Columbia University School of Law in 1986.

Following graduation from law school, Dean Michaels clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dean Michaels spent three years in private practice representing the Major League Baseball Players Association and then served for four years as a prosecutor in New York County before joining Ohio State in 1995. From 2001 to 2003, he served Moritz as associate dean for faculty and also has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.

Dean Michaels’ research, primarily in the area of the mens rea of crimes and in the adjudicatory portion of criminal procedure, has been published in a variety of leading journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review.

He is coauthor with Professor Joshua Dressler of Understanding Criminal Procedure (4th edition) and serves as co-managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Dean Michaels was the recipient of the 1998-99 Outstanding Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools. He was chosen as the Outstanding Professor by the graduating classes of 1999 and 2000.

Dean Michaels has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, White Collar Crime, and Sports Law.