Thursday, May 22, 2008

Suja Thomas from Cincinnati to Illinois

Thomas Suja Thomas, currently at Cincinnati (but who visited Northwestern last fall and Vanderbilt this spring), has accepted a tenured position at the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Suja teaches Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Legal History, and Sports and the Law.  Her most recent home-run article, Why Summary Judgment is Unconstitutional, was published last year in Virginia Law Review.  It has received tremendous attention in both the popular and the legal press, and Suja has spoken widely on the topic.

In 2003, Suja received Cincinnati's Goldman Prize for teaching excellence.  Last year, she received the Harold C. Schott Law Review award for her article on summary judgment, and more recently, Suja received the Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the Cincinnati faculty.  She currently is ranked #2 (behind Paul Caron) in SSRN downloads at Cincinnati.

Suja earned her bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University in mathematics. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review and where she received several awards including the Leonard M. Henkin Prize for her note on equal rights under the 14th Amendment, the Mendes Hershman Prize for excellence in writing in the field of property law and the William Miller Memorial Award for outstanding scholarship in the field of municipal law.  After a federal clerkship in Chicago, Suja practiced law in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.

Please join me in congratulating Suja on her new appointment!


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