Leslee Ruscitti, J.D.



Leslee Ruscitti has been at Marquette University since 1999.  She began teaching full-time, in 2008, for the Graduate Program in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) and is Adjunct Faculty for Marquette's Law School.  She currently serves as  the CPS Faculty Advisor for Criminal Justice and is a member of the college's Assessment , Curriculum and Law Enforcement Leadership and Management committees. 

Retired from the Attorney Manager position of the SPD's Milwaukee Juvenile Division,  she has been a criminal defense attorney for 24 years.  Professor Ruscitti has presented at the Wisconsin Bar Association's State Conference, the Wisconsin Criminal Defense Conference and continues to provide  Private Bar Specialty Certification Training  for the State of Wisconsin.  She has published articles in the Wisconsin Law Journal and The Defender.  As a participant in the State Public Defender/Law Enforcement Interagency Courtroom Skills Training Project she provided experiential  training to law enforcement officers statewide. 

Courses Taught

  • CJAD 220/6400: Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJAD 225/6410: Juvenile Justice
  • CJAD 6445: Race/Gender in Criminal Justice
  • LAWE 712 Juvenile Law
  • LEDR 230/6010 Conflict Resolution - Negotiation/Team Building
  • LEDR 296/297/6998 Capstone Integrative Project I / II
  • NPSE 228/6535: Legal Aspects in Non-Profits
  • NPSE 6540: Restorative Justice
  • PUBS 230/6210: Ethics in Public Service
  • PUBS 240/6230: Legal Issues in Public Service

Research Interests

  • The ethical challenges of public service management
  • The impact of the lowered waiver age on juvenile offenders, their families and the community – 15 years later
  • Effective, efficient and ethical nonprofit management – Best Practices

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Government Lawyers Division



Contact College of Professional Studies

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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298