Michael S. Finch
Professor of Law
B.A., Oberlin College
J.D., Boston University School of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School
Civil Procedure, Expert & Scientific Evidence, Federal Courts, Law & Religion, Conflict of Laws
Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. While attending Harvard Law School, where he earned his doctorate of law (S.J.D), he served as research assistant to Professor Allen Dershowitz. He is a member of the Florida, Connecticut, Montana, and Vermont (inactive) bars.
Professor Finch is co-author with colleague Jason Bent, and Judge Michael Allen (U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims) of An Illustrated Guide to Civil Procedure (Aspen 4th ed. 2019). He is also co-author with Caprice Roberts and Judge Allen of Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, (Aspen 3d ed. 2019). 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. In past years, Professor Finch has been actively involved in civil appellate practice and has handled numerous appeals involving multi-million-dollar verdicts.
Professor Finch is married to the former Lora Jaye Smeltzly (Stetson Law class of 1987) and has two daughters, Chloe (currently attending Brown University), and Lily (currently in middle school). When not in Florida, Professor Finch and his family like to spend time cycling in Europe or rusticating at their second home in Ennis, Montana,¹ located north of Yellowstone Park and east of Big Sky Ski Resort. While in Montana, Professor Finch enjoys snowboarding, knife-throwing and archery, woodworking, and maintaining the property.
Professor Finch is also a private pilot (currently inactive) and amateur saxophonist. He has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, awarded by Gracie protégé, Eduardo de Lima. In 2003, he received a bronze medal in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Pan American games in Santa Barbara, California.
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