David Thronson is a professor of law and associate dean for experiential education at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he is the cofounder of the Immigration Law Clinic and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs. His research focuses on the intersection of family law and immigration law, in particular the impact of immigration law on children.
Professor Thronson graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in mathematics and education, then taught in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer. He completed a master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University and served for several years as a teacher and administrator in the New York City Public Schools.
In 1994, Professor Thronson earned his JD from Harvard Law School, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the
Harvard Human Rights Journal. After clerking for the Hon. A. Wallace Tashima in California, Professor Thronson returned to New York City as a Skadden Fellow at The Door's Legal Services Center, providing direct legal services to at-risk young people primarily in the areas of immigration, housing, public benefits, and family law. He then served as the Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the law firm of Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger, and Vecchione, where he litigated cases involving a wide range of issues including the scope of federal habeas jurisdiction to review immigration matters, the application of the Convention Against Torture, the constitutional adequacy of educational opportunities provided to urban children in New Jersey, and discrimination in New Jersey State Police hiring practices.
From 1999 to 2002, Professor Thronson taught in the Lawyering Program of New York University School of Law and served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and Hofstra University School of Law, where he taught immigration law, public international law, and international human rights. Professor Thronson subsequently served as professor and associate dean for clinical studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He was named the UNLV Professor of the Year in 2003. In 2014, Professor Thronson was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and selected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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