David B. Thronson

David B. ThronsonAlan S. Zekelman Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director, Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 422
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    David Thronson is the Alan S. Zekelman Professor of International Human Rights and Director of the Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and 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 master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University and served for several years as a teacher and administrator at three public high schools 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 worked 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 has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law. Thronson is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

  • 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.

    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