Karen Da Ponte Thornton

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

Karen Da Ponte Thornton returns to the law school as Coordinator of the Scholarly Writing Program after two years as a Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing. Prior to joining GW Law, she was Deputy Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she served as legal advisor to numerous audits of Department of Defense procurement programs, conducted at the request of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. She joined GAO after serving as a Procurement Attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, first as a JAG officer and then as a civilian. Before entering the Army JAG Corps, Professor Thornton clerked for Chief Judge Walter Cox on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 

Professor Thornton earned a Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law with highest honors from The George Washington Law School in 2001. Her thesis was selected for first place in the Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition (Professional Division). She also published a student Note while serving as senior articles editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.

Professor Thornton began teaching Scholarly Writing and Thesis as an adjunct in the 2008–09 academic year. Since joining the full-time faculty, she has made presentations at a number of regional legal writing conferences and served as Co-Chair of the planning committee for the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference.



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