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Misty C. Thomas


Director, Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, American Bar Association, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Claremont McKenna; J.D., Georgetown

Misty Thomas is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, which focuses on research, education, and policy advocacy related...

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Misty Thomas is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, which focuses on research, education, and policy advocacy related to capital punishment and other criminal justice laws in order to promote fairness and accuracy in the administration of the death penalty. She previously worked at Howrey LLP as the firm’s Pro Bono Fellow, where she represented indigent clients in a wide range of criminal and civil cases and supported the pro bono practices of other lawyers at the firm. Professor Thomas also was the senior Affordable Housing attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless where she represented homeless individuals and low-income tenants in cases related to preserving their access to housing and shelter and advocated to government agencies for more effective affordable housing laws and regulations. Prior to law school, she served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which works to correct and prevent the wrongful conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Professor Thomas holds a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar.

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