Director of Whittier Law School Children's Rights Clinic
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 308
Building Three, Legal Clinic
Professor Thomas joined Whittier Law School as a full-time clinical professor in the Children’s Rights Legal Clinic in 2006. She provides law students enrolled in the Children’s Advocacy Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic with the substantive law and practical training necessary to prepare them to assist minor children and their caregivers on actual client cases. Students are given the opportunity to work on a wide variety client matters under her supervision, including adoption, guardianship, limited conservatorship of developmentally disabled adult children, domestic violence, paternity, dissolution of marriage, custody and support. In 2009 Professor Thomas initiated a new project which will focus on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases and will give law students the opportunity to advocate on behalf of abused, neglected or abandoned minor children in state and immigration courts.
Commitment to pro bono activities is a major component of Professor Thomas’ professional life. In 1998 she was recognized by the Public Law Center and the State Bar of California for her pro bono service to members of our community who lack access to justice. She volunteers at domestic violence shelters, court-based clinics for self-represented parties and other community pro bono projects. Professor Thomas mentors law students and new attorneys and encourages them to make a life-long commitment to pro bono service.