Cleveland-Marshall College of Law welcomes Illinois Law School Professor Suja A. Thomas to speak at a free Criminal Justice Forum CLE event Monday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. Thomas' talk, "The Missing American Jury," will explore how the jury’s authority has been taken and how it can be restored to its rightful, co-equal position as a “branch” of government.
Thomas' research focuses on the criminal jury, civil jury, grand jury, civil procedure, and employment law. Her work has been cited in testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Upon the request of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, she also submitted testimony on the access of Americans to courts.
Thomas is the author of the 2016 book, The Missing American Jury: Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries (Cambridge University Press). Reviewing the book, federal judge William Young asserted it is “akin to Tom Paine’s Common Sense.”
Thomas also co-authored the book Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law with Sandra Sperino (Oxford University Press 2017). The book was mentioned in the New York Times Magazine in a discussion about sexual harassment.
Thomas practiced law for many years in New York City, including at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, participating in jury trials and arbitration. Her past experience also includes participating in several criminal trials on behalf of the federal public defender.
CLE credit: 1 free hour pending
Category: CLE Programs, Faculty, General, Public Lectures, Student