USF Law Student Praised for Work on Murder Prosecution


USF School of Law student Megan Grow JD ’17 was publicly praised by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón for her work on a successful murder prosecution. 

Gascón commended Grow for her contributions to the case against Justin Howard, who was convicted by a jury Nov. 2 for killing a man in a drive-by shooting.

Howard, 26, was found guilty of first-degree murder with a firearm enhancement for the June 2014 shooting of 25-year-old Dominic Anderson.

Grow, an extern at the DA’s office and second-year law student, assisted prosecutor John Rowland JD ’68 during the two-month trial. She wrote motions, reviewed witness testimony, and sat second-chair at trial, among other work.

The firsthand experience prepared her for a future career as a prosecutor in a way few externships could, Grow said.

“Getting to see an attorney with 45 years of experience successfully argue a homicide trial was really amazing,” Grow said. “His demeanor in the courtroom — it was like watching an actor on stage." 

Grow started the externship in September, after interning at the DA’s office over the summer. 

“USF students like Megan make a difference in the cases they touch,” said DA spokesman Maxwell Szabo JD ‘18. “Ultimately she helped us keep a dangerous person off the streets.”

USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña said, “Our externships with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón provide our students dynamic, career-preparing opportunities and continue USF’s decades-long presence at the Hall of Justice.”

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