Staff and Clinicians
Veronica Thronson, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic
Veronica Tobar Thronson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law through direct client representation in a well supervised and academically rigorous program with a broad and diverse docket of cases before administrative agencies, Immigration Court, state courts, and appellate courts. Clients include unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, victims of domestic violence, family based immigration petitioners, asylum seekers, and naturalization applicants. Students engage in policy research, resource development, community outreach and systemic advocacy on issues related to immigration. Thronson routinely conducts trainings for attorneys and judges, and was appointed to the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2012. In 2015 she became expert faculty with the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, Family Law Attorneys Community of Practice.
From 2002 to 2010, Thronson was the Directing Attorney of the Domestic Violence Project at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she practiced in the areas of family and immigration law. She also taught Community Property as an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Previously, Thronson served as the Director of Training and Legal Services at the New York Immigration Coalition, a non-profit umbrella advocacy organization for over 200 groups in New York that work with immigrants, refugees, and asylees. At the Coalition, Thronson developed community outreach materials and programs, and conducted training for advocates and attorneys on immigration and benefits laws and their impact on immigrant communities. She also appeared bi-weekly on an internationally broadcast program of Univision providing information on current immigration law, benefits law and immigrant-related topics and was a regular commentator for other local and national newspapers and radio programs on these topics.
Thronson has served on numerous boards and task forces. Currently, she is a core faculty member of the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, a board member of the Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, she is a Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Trainer approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution at the Michigan State Court Administrative Office.
In 2006, the Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force honored Thronson with its S.T.A.R. award, created to honor an individual for stellar work on behalf of victims. In 2009, Thronson received the Louis Wiener Service Award, given to an advocate who has made substantial contributions in representing victims. In 2014, Thronson received the Michigan State University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and in 2015, the Immigration Law Clinic received the Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award. Thronson is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Michigan.
Contact Professor Veronica Thronson at 517-336-8088 ext. 1014, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Degrees: J.D. 2000, City University of New York; B.A. 1993, cum laude, City University of New York
Bar Admissions: Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the District of Nevada
David B. Thronson, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law
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.
From 1999 to 2002, Thronson taught in the Lawyering Program of New York University School of Law. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and Hofstra University School of Law, where he taught immigration law, public international law, and international human rights.
Thronson then moved to the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he ultimately became a professor of law and associate dean for clinical studies. He taught immigration law and civil procedure at UNLV, founded an Immigration Clinic, and established the Nevada Immigrant Resource Project. In 2003, Thronson was named "UNLV Professor of the Year."
Thronson serves on numerous boards of directors, including that of the National Youth Leadership Council. In 2006, he received the "Friend of Working Families Award" from the Nevada State AFL-CIO in recognition for his community work. In 2008, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed him to its Access to Justice Commission and as a trustee of the Nevada Law Foundation administering Nevada's Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) funds. Also in 2008, Thronson was appointed to Nevada's Governor's Commission for National and Community Service.
Contact Professor David B. Thronson at 517-432-6916, or by email at email@example.com.
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
Bar Admissions: Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit, United States Supreme Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Elinor R. Jordan, Supervising Attorney
Elly Jordan is a Supervising Attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic. Before attending law school, she worked in San Salvador, El Salvador and Washington, D.C. as an advocate and grassroots organizer for human rights in Central America. Elly graduated summa cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2011. While at the Law College, Elly was the editor-in-chief of the Michigan State Law Review, and obtained a certificate in trial advocacy. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable David W. McKeague of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She later joined the Grand Rapids, Michigan office of Warner Norcross & Judd as an associate in appellate litigation, where she litigated criminal and employment matters in state and federal courts.
Along with Joanna Kloet, Elly’s work at the Immigration Law Clinic includes a special focus on the unaccompanied minor aspect of the Clinic’s docket at all stages, from legal screenings to Know Your Rights presentations to representation before the Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Elly is a Michigan native, and graduated with honors from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Religion, and International Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to the practice of law in Michigan.
Contact Ms. Jordan at 517-336-8088 ext. 1117, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanna C. Kloet, Supervising Attorney
Joanna is a Supervising Attorney at the Immigration Law Clinic. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review.
After graduation, Joanna was hired by the United States Department of Justice into the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she worked as an attorney at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, serving the immigration judges in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah. After working with the federal government, Joanna practiced with the law firm of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in Traverse City, Michigan, where she assisted individuals and businesses with preparing affirmative immigration applications and defenses against immigration-related prosecutions. Joanna also litigated criminal defense and employment matters while with the firm.
Along with Elly Jordan, Joanna’s work at the Immigration Law Clinic includes a special focus on the unaccompanied minor aspect of the Clinic’s docket at all stages, from legal screenings to Know Your Rights presentations to representation before the Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Joanna is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Colorado. She is a native of the Upper Peninsula and is also a part time figure skating coach.
Contact Ms.Kloet at 517-336-8088 ext. 1136, or by email at Joanna.Kloet@law.msu.edu.