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Michael Finnegan, J.D.

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Pictured is Assistant Professor Michael Finnegan.
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  • Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism, Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania State University
  • Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh
  • New Agents Class and FBI In-Service Training and Certifications, FBI Academy

Courses Taught

  • Court Organization and Operations
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Police Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Recruitment of Terrorists
  • 9/11 Intelligence Failures
  • International Terrorism
  • Terrorist Threat Assessment
  • Crisis Communications

Professional Affiliations

  • Active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Research Interests

  • U.S. Military campaign against Al-Qaida
  • Buck v. Bell

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • One of 30 scholars invited to present papers on "Ethics in Government" and "The Death of Plausible Deniability" at the Oxford Round Table at Lincoln College and Oxford University.
  • Presented "9/11: A 10-Year Perspective" at Point Park University, Sept. 2011.
  • Authored stage play "Meagher," based on the life of revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher, produced in 2004.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Major Case Incentive Award, Pittsburgh Division, 2004
  • Law Enforcement Agency Director's Award, 2003
  • Major Case Incentive Award, Pittsburgh Division, 2000

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