David Thronson, Michigan State University

Law Professor East Lansing, Michigan david.thronson@law.msu.edu Office: (517) 432-6916

Bio/Research

David Thronson joined MSU College of Law in 2010 as a professor of law and co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic. 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.


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Bio/Research

David Thronson joined MSU College of Law in 2010 as a professor of law and co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic. 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.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with degrees in mathematics and education, Thronson 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.

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, Thronson 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 subsequently 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.


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