Stetson University

Michael S. Finch


Professor of Law

B.A., Oberlin College
J.D., Boston University School of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School

Appellate Practice, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Conflict of Laws, Law and Scientific Evidence

Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. He has published extensively, including articles in the Minnesota Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Business Lawyer. His work has been cited by numerous federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. He is the co-author with colleague Michael Allen of the text, An Illustrated Guide to Civil Procedure (Aspen 2006). Together with Professors Michael Allen and Caprice Roberts, he will be publishing a text, Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, in 2009 (Aspen).

In addition to his other teaching activities, Professor Finch co-administers with Professor Allen the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program and the Federal Judicial Internship Program. Professor Finch also maintains an active trial consulting and appellate practice. He is a member of the Florida, Montana, Connecticut, and Vermont bar associations.

When not in Florida, Professor Finch and his family like to spend time at their second home in Ennis, Mont. Ennis is located on the Madison River, 70 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Their home looks out upon the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, whose denizens include grey wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and antelope. Professor Finch and his family enjoy back-country skiing and snowshoeing, Alpine skiing, and fossil collecting. Professor Finch is also a private pilot, an amateur saxophonist, and a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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