Change of Heart includes some fascinating people, distinctive characters of great accomplishment who played pivotal roles in the story I tell. I thought readers might want to know more about them.
A former federal prosecutor and law professor, Hank Shea describes himself as “husband, father, Catholic Church member, Army veteran, prosecutor, and professor.”
Formerly the head of the economic crimes section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Shea brought in a legendary $50 million in restitution, forfeitures, and fines from the cases he prosecuted. A graduate of Georgetown with a degree in foreign service and of Harvard Law School, Shea did active duty in the U.S. Army and went on to serve as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army at the Pentagon and in the Judge Advocate General Corps.
Shea teaches law and ethics at two law schools: the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and the University of Arizona, donating his expertise in both roles. He makes it a practice to bring in people convicted of federal crimes to speak to students about the consequences of violating business and legal ethics.
Shea credits his parents for being role models of service to others throughout their lives. Shea’s father fought in Korea and his mother volunteered to work for the Red Cross at an Army base in Japan during the same time period. They met on that base and fell in love. After they returned to the States, they soon married and had five sons in the next six years. Hank was the oldest and was taught from an early age that he had deep obligations to family, faith, and country.
In turn, Shea has been a role model of service to his children. Shea’s son is in his eighth year of formation as a Jesuit priest and his daughter teaches religion at a parochial high school in Minnesota.
More information about Hank’s extraordinary accomplishments can be found at http://www.stthomas.edu/law/facultystaff/faculty/sheahank/.