Margaret S. ThomasAssistant Professor of Law
Professor Thomas joined the Law Center faculty in 2011. In her first year, she taught Basic Civil Procedure I and II in the first-year curriculum, and she developed a new upper-level course in Federal Complex Litigation. Professor Thomas worked intensively with first-year students to assist them in their career planning. She served as faculty advisor to two upper-level student law review research papers, and a student independent research project. She assisted members of the new editorial board of the law review select its symposium topic for the coming year and helped the students identify speakers to invite to participate in the symposium. Professor Thomas served the Law Center on the scholarship and curriculum committees. She completed an article, which was selected for presentation the annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop at Florida International University. The article was accepted for publication in the Fall 2012 issue of the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.
Margaret Thomas joined the LSU Law Center faculty in 2011. She teaches and writes about federal civil procedure and the federal courts. Her scholarly interests also include the interplay between foreign affairs and federalism.
Professor Thomas came to LSU from California, where she taught as a fellow and lecturer at Berkeley Law from 2009-2011. At Berkeley, she taught Civil Procedure II in the J.D. curriculum, and she developed courses to familiarize LL.M. students from civil law countries with American structural constitutional law and litigation practices.
Previously Professor Thomas practiced law as an appellate attorney in Los Angeles with California’s premier appellate boutique, Horvitz & Levy LLP. Representative matters include international trademark infringement, personal jurisdiction over foreign entities, international choice of law, celebrity rights of publicity, punitive damages, enforcement of arbitration agreements, and complex insurance disputes. In 2008-2010, she was recognized as a “rising star” in appellate law by the publishers of Southern California Super Lawyer: Rising Star Edition, an award recognizing outstanding attorneys under 40 with fewer than 10 years of practice.
Prior to joining Horvitz & Levy, she served as a law clerk for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge George H. King in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Professor Thomas received her BA in German Literature and European Studies from Amherst College, graduating summa cum laude. She received her JD from Berkeley Law. While a student at Berkeley Law, she was the Essay and Book Review Editor of the California Law Review. Upon graduation, she was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and awarded the Thelen-Marrin writing prize, recognizing the faculty’s selection of the year’s best published student work.
Recent scholarly writing:
Constraining the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure through
Defining the Scope of the Case or Controversy Requirement in Multidistrict Litigation (work in progress) – presented at August 2012 SEALS New Scholars Panel