Professor Mira Edmonds is a clinical assistant professor of law in both the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic and the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. Her research, teaching, and practice interests include sentencing law and policy, prisoner reentry, and the collateral consequences of conviction, as well as the affordable housing crisis, tenants' rights, and approaches to homelessness prevention and alleviation. She is interested in and committed to practicing holistic advocacy and community lawyering.
Professor Edmonds earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her BA,
magna cum laude, from Brown University. After law school, she served as a trial attorney in the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan for several years. She subsequently clerked for The Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and The Hon. Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Edmonds previously was a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow working with the Prisoner & Reentry Clinic (formerly the Neighborhood Law & Policy Clinic) at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Edmonds joins the Michigan Law faculty following four years of living in Shanghai, where she worked on a variety of environmental initiatives and taught at the East China University of Politics and Law.
Professor Allison Freedman is a clinical teaching fellow in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Freedman was an adjunct professor of Advanced Trial Practice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and a law clerk for The Hon. Joan H. Lefkow of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also litigated a wide variety of cases in federal and state court as an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago. During that time, she maintained an active pro bono practice, prevailing in an immigration appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and representing clients in housing, public benefits, consumer rights, and custody disputes. In 2017, she was awarded Katten's Pro Bono Service Award for this work.
Professor Freedman earned her JD from Northwestern Law, where she worked on civil rights cases, death penalty cases, and criminal cases involving youth as a student-attorney in Northwestern's clinics. She also was on the trial team, winning two national titles, and was appointed comment editor of the
Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, which allowed her to work with students to develop and publish their legal scholarship.
Prior to law school, Professor Freedman received a Fulbright Fellowship, during which she taught classes in politics, debate, and Spanish at a university in Hong Kong. She received a BA in political science,
magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. He previously served as Michigan Law's associate dean for experiential education from 2013 to 2019. His primary interest is impact litigation focusing on civil rights, particularly health care issues.
Professor Santacroce is the founder and president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), a nonprofit corporation housed at the Law School. CSALE is dedicated to the empirical study of law school clinics and externship programs and the promotion of related scholarship. With the aid of CSALE data, Professor Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than 75 percent of U.S. law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing. Professor Santacroce is also the president and founding member of Equal Justice America, a nonprofit corporation that provides grants to law students who volunteer to work with organizations providing civil legal services to the indigent. He is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Clinical Legal Education and former board member of the Clinical Legal Education Association. He was also senior staff attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. While there, he managed a programmatic worker's rights campaign under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Professor Santacroce received an LLM from Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; a JD,
cum laude, from Pace University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the
Pace Law Review; and a BA from Connecticut College.
Professor Kimberly Thomas's research, teaching, and practice concentrate on criminal law and procedure, especially on sentencing law and practice, juvenile justice, parole and post-conviction, and indigent persons accused of crimes. Professor Thomas is the cofounder (with Professor Frank Vandervort) of the Juvenile Justice Clinic.
In 2017, Professor Thomas received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and research juvenile justice at the School of Law at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. In 2013, Professor Thomas was among several attorneys honored with the Justice For All Award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan for their training and pro bono support following the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court
Miller v. Alabama decision holding that mandatory juvenile life-without-parole sentences were unconstitutional. Professor Thomas also has been engaged as a legal education expert for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey, including in 2011, when Professor Thomas spent three months in Amman, Jordan, working on law school curriculum development, especially in criminal law, as well as the creation and support of experiential education and the first clinics in the country.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty in 2003, Professor Thomas served as a major trials attorney with Defender Association of Philadelphia. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland and Harvard Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the
Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After law school, Professor Thomas clerked for the Hon. R. Guy Cole of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Kimara Thompson, Clinic AdministratorKimara manages the day-to-day functions of the clinic office including assisting students with client intake, class assignments, and the ins and outs of working in the law office.
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