Joseph Thai


Presidential Professor of Law
Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law

A.B., English, Harvard College, 1995
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998

Professor Joseph Thai joined the law faculty in 2003. He teaches Constitutional Law, Supreme Court Theory and Practice, First Amendment, and Criminal Procedure at the law school, and has co-taught a "Mind-bending" course (opens in new window) on morality, law, and science on main campus.

Thai has served as law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court, as well as Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Thai practiced in the Office of the Attorney General in Massachusetts and GableGotwals in Oklahoma. He currently engages in pro bono litigation in the areas of civil rights, criminal law, and constitutional law. In 2014, before the Supreme Court decided the issue nationally, his clients successfully challenged Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban as violative of the constitutional guarantees of liberty and equality.

Thai writes about the Constitution and the Supreme Court, and frequently comments in local and national media.

Thai has been twice named the outstanding faculty member of the College of Law by its students, and has been named the university-wide outstanding faculty member by students across campus.  In 2007, he received the President's Associates Presidential Professorship, and in 2013, he was named the Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law.

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