October 27, 2011
Professor Richard Krisciunas learned the value of externships after completing a summer externship with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office. After handling 15 trials as a law student, he decided to make prosecution a career. After graduating in 1975, Prof. Krisciunas was a trial lawyer in the Prosecutor’s Repeat Offenders Bureau (PROB) and handled several high visibility trials involving serial rapists, robbers, and murderers, and he was subsequently assigned to Squad 7, the Detroit Police Department’s felony murder section. In 1982, he became a supervisor in the Trial Division and was responsible for overseeing more than 4,000 felony prosecutions a year and assisted in training new trial attorneys. Later, he served as the Chief of the Trial Division under Prosecutor Mike Duggan.
Prof. Krisciunas has taught Trial Practice as an adjunct professor since 1982. He has been a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and a board member and lecturer for the Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program. He joined UDM Law full-time as Director of Externships in 2004 and teaches the classroom component of the Criminal Trial Clinic. He continues to take court-appointed cases, practices criminal law, and enjoys having his students shadow him on visits to court.