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Terri Flynn-Peister

Adjunct Professor of Law

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Professor Flynn is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Branch Office. She is a Deputy Chief in the Santa Ana Office and primarily specializes in Narcotics, Violent Crimes and Gangs. Professor Flynn has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 2001 and prior to that was an associate at Latham & Watkins in San Diego, California. Most notably, Professor Flynn was one of the lead prosecutors in the prosecution of two Capital Murder trials of several leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang which involved 17 murders and attempted murders spanning over 30 years. Professor Flynn is featured in both a History Channel documentary and National Geographic documentary about the Aryan Brotherhood prosecutions. In her almost ten years as a federal prosecutor, Professor Flynn has successfully prosecuted numerous other jury trials and federal cases, including, among others: the prosecution of a multi-million dollar fraud targeting elderly Leisure World residents, the prosecution of a medical doctor prescribing controlled substances without a medical reason for cash, the prosecution of several Santa Ana gangs for narcotics violations, and the prosecution of several international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations.

Professor Flynn was named one of California’s Top Women Litigators in 2007 and was also a recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for the Prosecution of the Leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood. Along with being a member of the State Bar of California, Professor Flynn maintains memberships in the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Professor Flynn is an adjunct professor at Western State College of Law where she has taught Trial Advocacy. Professor Flynn is also a part-time faculty member at California State University, Fullerton where she has taught several courses, including: Search, Seizure and Interrogation; Legal Tools for Political Research; Law, Politics and Society; and Evidence. Professor Flynn also teaches Basic Trial Advocacy at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, which is a two-week course for all new federal prosecutors.

Professor Flynn is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and Tulane School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and was a member of the Tulane Law Review.