David Thronson is a Professor of Law and Co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. His research and writing seeks to develop frameworks and critical perspectives for analyzing the intersection of family and immigration, with a particular focus on children.
Professor Thronson had previously taught in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon his return, he settled in New York City, where he completed a master 's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, and served several years as a teacher and assistant principal in the New York City public schools.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima in California. He then 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, and family law. He later served as the Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the law firm of Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, where he litigated cases on 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. He also has 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.
He then moved to the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he ultimately became a professor of law and associate dean for clinical studies. He taught immigration law and civil procedure at UNLV, founded an Immigration Clinic, and established the Nevada Immigrant Resource Project.
EDUCATION: University of Kansas, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.