David B. Thronson

David B. Thronson
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Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368B
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    David Thronson is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he previously served as Associate Dean for Experiential Education. His research focuses on the intersection of family law and immigration law, in particular on the impact of immigration law on children.

    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 masters degree at Teachers College, Columbia University and served as a mathematics teacher and administrator at three public high schools in New York City.

    Thronson earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. After clerking for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima in California, he returned to New York City as a Skadden Fellow at The Door's Legal Services Center. He then served as a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law.

    Thronson then work as an Acting Assistant Professor in the Lawyering Program of New York University School of Law, an adjunct at Seton Hall University School of Law and Hofstra University School of Law, and a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Studies at the Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute where he is active in the Restatement of the Law – Children and the Law project.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 1994, cum laude, Harvard Law School; M.A. 1990, Columbia University, Teachers College; B.S. 1985, University of Kansas; B.G.S. 1985, University of Kansas

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses
    • Civil Procedure
      (Formerly Civil Procedure I) A survey of civil procedure, primarily addressing jurisdiction, venue, the Erie doctrine, pleadings, simple joinder, discovery, sanctions, summary judgment, judgment as a matter of law, and former adjudication (claim preclusion and issue preclusion). Primary emphasis is placed on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with some potential discussion of state deviations from the federal model.
    • Constitutional Law I
      (Formerly DCL 171) An introduction to American constitutional law. This course surveys the distribution of national powers among the Congress, the president and the federal judiciary. After examining the fundamentals of judicial review and its limitations, the course considers the delegated powers of Congress and the tensions between Congress and the president in the exercise of national powers. The course concludes with an overview of governmental immunities. Some sections of Regulatory State and constitutional Law I are taught as a combined class.
    • 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
  • Bar Admission(s)

    Massachusetts; Michigan; New York; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Sixth Circuit and Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court