Professor Duncan served as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York until his retirement in 2015.
He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Economics and served in the United States Army at the White House before attending law school. While at the Syracuse College of Law, he served as Chair of the Moot Court Board, received the Dean Ralph E. Kharas Memorial Award and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
Following three years in private practice in Syracuse, Professor Duncan began his career as a prosecutor in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office in 1978. Over a ten year period he gained considerable trial experience and became a Chief Assistant District Attorney and chief homicide prosecutor.
He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1988. As a federal prosecutor, he investigated and conducted trials involving a wide range of criminal offenses including drug and RICO conspiracies, violent crimes, white collar and government fraud. He has served as an Adjunct professor for over 25 years.
In 2017, Professor Duncan was the recipient of the Hon. James R. Duane Award, given by the Federal Court Bar Association to a distinguished member of the Bar who has carried on Judge Duane’s legacy of commitment to the practice of law, unswerving integrity, and tireless efforts on behalf of the people of New York.
He brings considerable courtroom experience to his Advanced Trial Practice course.