Adjunct Professor of Law
AveMaria Thompson is the Director of the Mediation Clinic. Clinic students in the Mediation Clinic are trained in the basics of mediation and Landlord-Tenant law. They are given the important responsibility to facilitate mediations in active landlord-tenant cases in Suffolk County District Court. The goal is to assist in resolving pending cases. This clinic provides a critically important service to litigants in landlord-tenant matters. It is anticipated that housing courts will receive a crush of cases due to the expiration of eviction moratoriums, uncertainty of unemployment insurance benefits, food insecurity, and other challenges posed by the pandemic. Students gain knowledge of court procedures and develop negotiation skills, proficiency in mediation, and knowledge of landlord-tenant law.
Upon graduation from law school in May 2000, AveMaria Thompson started her career in public service by working as an Assistant District Attorney for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, she joined the staff of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Thompson served as an Assistant District Attorney for ten years in Suffolk County.
Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice in New York State, The United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and the Southern District of New York (EDNY). Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees at Buffalo University. In 2000, she received her Juris Doctorate at Touro Law Center.
In law school, Ms. Thompson earned ta Merit Scholarship, was a member of Law Review, and President of the Minority Student Bar Association. Through the years, Ms. Thompson has held membership and office in various organizations including a member of the Board of Directors for the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association; The Links, Inc. Services to Youth Co-Chair; Jack and Jill of America Suffolk County Chapter Parliamentarian, Legislative Chair, Community Service Chair and Bylaws Chair; the National Bar Association Government Attorneys Executive Board Member; the National Black Prosecutor’s Association Election Chair; Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association Constitution Law Day Committee Chair (2015 and 2016); Lectured at the Suffolk County Bar Association CLE on the topic of Narcotics and the alternatives for Pending Drug Cases- 2007; and member of the New York State Bar Association.
Ms. Thompson was a Torts Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. She is a currently a Staff Attorney and Clinical Faculty for the Senior Citizens Law Program at Touro Law Center. She is an Access to Justice Program Volunteer and a recipient of the 2019 Pro Bono Honoree Award for her work as a volunteer. Ms. Thompson has also lectured at Touro Law Center’s yearly “Perfect Practice Continuing Legal Education Program,” a program for newly admitted attorneys.
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