Presidential Professor of Law
Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law
A.B., English, Harvard College, 1995
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
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Professor Joseph Thai joined the law faculty in 2003. He teaches Supreme Court Decision Making, First Amendment, and Criminal Procedure at the law school, and co-teaches 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, the Supreme Court, and Justice Stevens, and frequently comments in local and national media. He also co-created and runs Crimprof Multipedia (opens in new window), an online multimedia teaching resource for criminal law and procedure professors worldwide.
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.
Select Publications—All links open in a new window
- Honey (Said Justice Scalia) I Shrunk the Constitution, ACSBLOG (Feb. 22, 2016)
- FIRST FREEDOMS: A MULTIMEDIA TEXTBOOK ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Kindle 2015)
- Teaching Criminal Procedure, St. LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL (2015) (with Stephen Henderson)
- Regulating Drones under the First and Fourth Amendments, WILLIAM & MARY LAW REVIEW (2015) (with Marc Blitz et al.)
- Obergefell v. Hodges: A Note to Future Self, ACSBLOG (June 26, 2015)
- CONSTITUTIONAL RESTRAINTS ON POLICING: A MULTIMEDIA TEXTBOOK ON CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (Kindle 2014)
- Brief in Response to Petition for Certiorari in Smith v. Bishop (U.S. 2014) (seeking Supreme Court review of Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban)
- A Race to Execute, ACSBLOG (May 7, 2014)
- Crowdsourced Coursebooks, 51 ALBERTA LAW REVIEW 907 (2014) (with Stephen Henderson)
- Principal Brief and Reply Brief in Bishop v. Smith (10th Cir. 2014) (appeal challenging Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban)
- THE SUPREME COURT SOURCEBOOK (Aspen 2013)
- My Boss, Justice Stevens, NEW YORK TIMES (April 9, 2010)
- A Justice of the Greatest Generation, WASHINGTON POST (April 9, 2010)
- Did Justice Stevens Change?, SCOTUSBLOG, reprinted on SALON.COM (April 2010)
- The Case for Oral Argument in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, 61 OKLAHOMA LAW REVIEW 695 (2008) (with Andrew M. Coats)
- John Paul Stevens, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (Macmillan 2008)
- The Other Side, THIS I BELIEVE (2007)
- A Wild Pitch on Eavesdropping, BOSTON GLOBE A9 (Aug. 2, 2006)
- The Law Clerk Who Wrote Rasul v. Bush: John Paul Stevens's Influence from World War II to the War on Terror, 92 VIRGINIA LAW REVIEW 501 (2006)
- Is Data Mining Ever a Search Under Justice Stevens's Fourth Amendment, 74 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 1731 (2006)