Thea Johnson joined Stanford Law School in 2012 as a Thomas C. Grey Fellow. Her scholarship principally concerns the development of adversarial systems with an eye towards how lawyers, administrators and policymakers can improve the efficiency and fairness of the modern adversarial model. In particular, she studies the roles of the public defender and prosecutor with an emphasis on how ethical boundaries influence these players. She also examines the role of criminal lawyers in Latin America’s recent experiment with a U.S.-style criminal justice system.
At Stanford, she teaches Legal Research and Writing and Federal Litigation. She is also a faculty advisor to the University Prison Project, which puts Stanford graduate students in the classroom at San Quentin prison.
Previously, she was an attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she litigated criminal cases from arraignment to trial. She was also a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett fellow with Legal Aid. She graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she spent a semester working for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and received a degree in History from Harvard College.