Veronica Tobar Thronson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law through direct client representation in a well supervised and academically rigorous program with a broad and diverse docket of cases before administrative agencies, Immigration Court, state courts, and appellate courts. Clients include unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, victims of domestic violence, family based immigration petitioners, asylum seekers, and naturalization applicants. Students engage in policy research, resource development, community outreach and systemic advocacy on issues related to immigration. Thronson routinely conducts trainings for attorneys and judges, and was appointed to the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2012. In 2015 she became expert faculty with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, Family Law Attorneys Community of Practice.
From 2002 to 2010, Thronson was the Directing Attorney of the Domestic Violence Project at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she practiced in the areas of family and immigration law. She also taught Community Property as an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Previously, Thronson served as the Director of Training and Legal Services at the New York Immigration Coalition, a non-profit umbrella advocacy organization for over 200 groups in New York that work with immigrants, refugees, and asylees. At the Coalition, Thronson developed community outreach materials and programs, and conducted training for advocates and attorneys on immigration and benefits laws and their impact on immigrant communities. She also appeared bi-weekly on an internationally broadcast program of Univision providing information on current immigration law, benefits law and immigrant-related topics and was a regular commentator for other local and national newspapers and radio programs on these topics.
Thronson has served on numerous boards and task forces. Currently, she is a core faculty member of the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, a board member of the Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, she is a Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Trainer approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution at the Michigan State Court Administrative Office.
In 2006, the Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force honored Thronson with its S.T.A.R. award, created to honor an individual for stellar work on behalf of victims. In 2009, Thronson received the Louis Wiener Service Award, given to an advocate who has made substantial contributions in representing victims. In 2014, Thronson received the Michigan State University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and in 2015, the Immigration Law Clinic received the Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award. Thronson is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Michigan.
J.D. 2000, City University of New York; B.A. 1993, cum laude, City University of New York
- Immigration Law Clinic I
Students engage with immigrant communities through direct client representation and systemic advocacy. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law in a well-supervised and academically rigorous program that both prepares them for the practice of law and enables them to critically assess social justice issues. In addition to client representation and advocacy, students participate in a clinic seminar. Students are required to work an average of 20 hours per week. Enrollment is by application only (please see student announcements for details of application process).
- Immigration Law Clinic II
A supplement to Immigration Law Clinic I, open to students who have successfully completed Immigration Law Clinic I, and who have been invited to participate for a second semester. Students work on a clinic-based project developed in consultation with the professor. Credits for this course will be accorded on a sliding scale of one to three credits. Prerequisite(s): Immigration Law Clinic I
Michigan, Nevada¸ New Jersey, New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of Nevada