Wall Street, the Financial Crisis, and Prosecutorial Underreach: Two Views

Two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, debate whether prosecutors reached far enough into Wall Street's executive suites to administer justice in the wake of the financial crisis.

Date & Time:

Friday, November 15, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public.


University of St. Thomas School of Law

Room 235

Approved for a Continuing Legal Education Credit. 

Did prosecutors reach far enough into Wall Street's executive suites to administer justice in the wake of the financial crisis?

Speakers: ‌

Joe Dixon is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of the Economic Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he played key roles in the prosecution of Petters and the co-conspirators involved in the $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme that spanned a decade. He was also instrumental in other high-profile criminal cases, including the prosecutions of hedge fund manager Trevor Cook and former auto mogul Denny Hecker. After eleven years, he left the job to become deputy general counsel for government and internal investigation at UnitedHealth Group.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Dixon worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York (1996-2001) and clerked for the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1995-1996). Dixon earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches evidence and white collar crime as an adjunct professor at the UST School of Law.


‌Hank Shea served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota for almost 20 years and was one of the country’s most effective white-collar crime prosecutors. Between 1994 and 1998, Shea served as the Chief of his Office's Economic Crime Section. From crimes that Shea prosecuted, the U.S. Attorney's Office collected more than $50 million in restitution, fines, and forfeitures. 

Shea began his legal career through service in the armed forces.  After he received his B.S.in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1978, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981,  Shea served for four years, active duty, with the United States Army. Prior to rejoining the Justice Department in 1994, Shea was a shareholder with Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis for two years.

Shea joined the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006 and teaches four courses:  Crime & Punishment, White Collar Crime, Ethical Leadership in Litigation, and Ethical Leadership in Social Justice.

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