Francis DiGiacco

Francis DiGiacco

Beth Scott
(619) 260-4019

Adjunct Law Professor

  • JD, 2009, University of San Diego
  • BA, 2005, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

Professor DiGiacco teaches Mock Trial.

Professional Experience

Professor DiGiacco teaches trial advocacy and is the Head Coach of the Mock Trial Team, leading students as they compete nationally in trial advocacy tournaments. He is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California, currently assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where he investigates and prosecutes international drug trafficking organizations. During his time in the United States Attorney’s Office, Professor DiGiacco has prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases involving drug smuggling and human trafficking, taking several of those cases to trial. Previously, he was an associate in the San Diego office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, where his practice focused on class action and derivative securities litigation. During law school, Professor DiGiacco externed for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan of the Southern District of California and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Corporations, and the California Attorney General’s Office. He joined the USD faculty in 2011.

Honors and Affiliations

USD School of Law awarded Professor DiGiacco with the Rising Star Alumni Award in 2018 for his professional accomplishments and the success of the Mock Trial Team. He was an associate of the Welsh Inn of Court and helped to organize the American Cancer Society’s Downtown San Diego Relay for Life for several years. Professor DiGiacco graduated cum laude from USD School of Law, where he competed nationally in both mock trial and moot court. He received the Thorsnes Outstanding Future Trial Lawyer Award as well as admission into the Order of the Barristers, which recognizes graduating law students who demonstrate exceptional skills in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.