Friday, November 10, 2006
This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights CrimProf Sandra Guerra Thompson of The University of Houston School of Law.
Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson is a graduate of Yale University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics in 1985 and a J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1988. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office where she practiced both trial and appellate criminal law from 1988-1990.
She joined the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center in 1990. She teaches Criminal Law, Federal Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Sentencing, and Prisoners' Rights and Prison Reform. She was also Director of the Mexican Legal Studies Program in 2000, and taught a course for that program called "Criminal Law Issues in U.S.-Mexico Relations."
Professor Thompson has authored numerous articles on criminal law issues, focusing especially on drug sentencing, asset forfeiture and federal law enforcement. She has co-authored a treatise entitled, "The Law of Asset Forfeiture." Professor Thompson's service activities have included serving as the co-principal investigator for the University of Houston Law Center Keck Professionalism Initiative. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the American Law Institute's project entitled "Model Penal Code: Sentencing."
She has served on the planning committee for the Houston Bar Association's Criminal Bench-Bar Conference. She is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association. She is a former Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools.