USF Law Student Praised for Work on Murder Prosecution

By ARVIN TEMKAR, OFFICE OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS Posted Mon, 11/09/2015 - 12:55

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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