Karen Da Ponte Thornton

Karen Thornton
Director of the Government Procurement Law Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Karen DaPonte Thornton (LLM, '01) is the Director of the Government Procurement Law Program. She has been part of the Government Procurement Law community since the earliest days of her legal career. She earned her LLM degree at GW Law as a part-time student, while serving on active-duty in the Army JAG Corps, assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief Counsel’s Honors program. After eight years at the Corps, she moved to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she served as Deputy Assistant General Counsel to the Defense Capabilities and Management team, providing legal counsel on numerous DOD procurement program audits requested by the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. In 2008, she was invited to serve an adjunct to the Public Contract Law Journal and found her true calling. Since joining the full-time legal writing faculty as associate director for upper level writing in 2009, Prof. Thornton has trained and supported dozens of JD, LLM, and MSGC students as they write and publish in the field of government contracts law. Her own scholarship has resulted from significant study of the pedagogy related to legal professional development. She has been a frequent presenter at legal writing and professional development conferences.



BA, Providence College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM, George Washington University