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Casandra Leann Thomson

Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching)
School of Law
Duke Law School Room 4027, Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Law School Room 4027, Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708


Casey Thomson is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Education.  She specializes in dispute resolution, and teaches upper-level courses in Negotiation, Mediation Advocacy, Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Roles of Gender and Culture in Negotiation.  She also teaches first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, and is a lecturer in the 1L Professional Development Program.

Thomson joined the Duke Law faculty in 2015, and received the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. Prior to coming to Duke, Thomson was an attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. She was a member of the litigation department, and her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, RICO, fraud, and insolvency-related matters. She regularly practiced in both state and federal courts, and appeared in arbitral proceedings before the Players’ Status Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Thomson clerked for the Honorable John F. Walter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 

Thomson received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000, and her bachelor of arts with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan in 1998. She is a member of the bars of California and Illinois, as well as a number of federal district and appellate courts. 

Thomson is a certified mediator in North Carolina Superior Court, and a mediator with the New York Peace Institute.  Thomson also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the ABA's Legal Education in Dispute Resolution Committee.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching) · 2018 - Present School of Law

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor · 2000 J.D.