Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. In 1990, he received a Doctor of Juridical Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School, the school’s most advanced law degree. His dissertation was based on an empirical study of the effects of collective bargaining and dispute resolution in public education. While attending Harvard Law school, he served as research assistant to Professor Allen Dershowitz.
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. 2020). 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. Between 1998 and 2015, Professor Finch engaged in trial support and civil appellate practice and handled several appeals involving multi-million-dollar verdicts. Professor Finch is a member of the Florida, Connecticut, Montana, and Vermont (inactive) bars.