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Program Directors

Program Director:
Michael Finch
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law

Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. While attending Harvard Law School, he served as research assistant to Professor Allen Dershowitz.

Professor Finch 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 2010). He is also co-author with Michael Allen and Caprice Roberts of Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, (Aspen 2d ed. 2015).

Professor Finch has been actively involved in civil appellate practice over the past 15 years and has handled numerous appeals involving multi-million dollar verdicts. Together with Stuart Markman of Tampa, Florida, he regularly teaches Appellate Practice at Stetson. He is an active member of the Florida, Montana, and Connecticut bars, and an inactive member of the Vermont bar.

When not in Florida, Professor Finch and his family like to spend time at their second home in Ennis, Montana¹. He spends his free time snowboarding, building log furniture and fences, and collecting fossils. Professor Finch is also a private pilot and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Eduardo de Lima. In 2003, he received a bronze medal in Jiu-Jitsu at the Pan American games in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2015, Professor Finch began serving as director of Stetson’s Academic Success Program. His principal goal in the coming years is to see that students receive regular assessment and feedback, which is the proven key to academic success.

Josh Leuner
Program Manager

Josh Leuner was born and raised in London and has worked with international students for over 15 years. Prior to 2002, Josh worked as a program manager at Accent London, facilitating study abroad programs from the University of California, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California among others.

In 2002, Leuner moved to Brisbane, Australia, where he took up a position in the International Office of the University of Queensland, working with international students and government sponsors. He then moved to the position of student enquiries coordinator at the Queensland University of Technology where he was responsible for the frontline student centre team for more than 40,000 students. Following a move to Sydney, he worked as a postgraduate student officer at the University of Sydney, developing application and selection processes with the Faculty of Pharmacy.

After returning to London in 2010, Leuner worked as program coordinator on the University of Wisconsin Madison and Augustana College London programs. He is also responsible for all social media content for the Syracuse University London Program.

Thanks to an extensive background in student services, Leuner is prepared to answer any questions you have about life in London and studying abroad in general. He is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and loves any opportunity to speak Spanish.

Valerie Reid
Program Manager

Val Reid studied at the University of Westminster for a B.Sc. (Econ) Hons. Degree and has also studied counselling. She has had extensive experience with American study abroad programs from a variety of US institutions in various positions over the last 30 years. From 1980 to 1997, Reid worked for the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) serving as associate dean, dean of students and director of Student Services administering one-semester study abroad programs for up to 350 visiting students per semester, and supervising a team of student services staff. She has coordinated students' residences, liaised with landlords, and helped students and visiting faculty locate accommodation. Reid's duties have also included preparing orientation materials for students, assisting students with financial aid problems, and marketing study programs to U.S. universities. She also served as head of academic services for AIFS, performing a variety of services regarding the academic needs of study abroad programs, and as director of studies for the Richmond College International Summer Session from 1993-1997. She worked with the University of Wisconsin's Study Abroad Program, and on the Accent London Programs, which are also housed in the Florida State London Study Center. Val Reid has assisted students on the Autumn in London Program since it began in 1999.

Director of Program Operations and Internship Director:
Kathleen Hallisey

Kathleen Hallisey is a U.S. attorney and U.K. solicitor specializing in civil litigation. She has extensive experience in employment and personal injury litigation and has acted on behalf of clients facing sex and age discrimination as well as sexual harassment in both the US and UK. She has represented members of the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland and has negotiated valuable settlements for victims of catastrophic and fatal injuries. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked as a civil trial attorney in New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Spanish Literature from Fordham University and a J.D. from Touro Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York and is a solicitor of England and Wales.