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US Attorney General Eric Holder Honors California Western Alumnus David Finn

David P. Finn '06 (Center) with Attorney General Eric Holder (Second from Right) in Washington, D.C.

David P. Finn ‘06 has been honored by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for superior performance as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Finn is based in San Diego at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.

Holder personally presented the Director’s Award for Superior Performance to Finn in September, at the Great Hall of the Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

The award reads in part:

“David P. Finn (Southern District of California) is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the General Crimes Trial Section in the Southern District of California, where they regard him as being in the top one percent of the Special Assistant United States Attorneys who have ever worked in the office.”

“The experience was humbling because only seven years out of law school, I was asked to share the stage with some of the best federal prosecutors in the country and received personal recognition from the Attorney General of the United States,” Finn says.

Finn was sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney in March of 2014 after serving for more than two years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Homeland Security. He has prevailed in 18 federal trials in cases such as bank robbery, aggravated identity theft, human and drug smuggling, and illegal immigration. Finn has also argued in front of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on three separate occasions and written more than  20 appellate briefs to the 9th Circuit.

“I feel that California Western helped prepare me for this position by providing a number of amazing professors who encouraged and challenged me,” Finn says. “I also benefitted greatly from California Western’s vigorous moot court program. I’m not sure any other law school would have provided the opportunity to be on both competitive trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution teams and then provide the opportunity to help coach teams after graduation. That experience has been vital to my success in the courtroom.”

Finn appeared recently at an Exploring Options event presented by California Western’s Career and Professional Development Office along with other attorneys practicing criminal law. The panelists offered expert advice to students about careers the field.