Richard Thornell









    Stuyvesant High School, 1950-52. B.A., Fisk University, magna cum laude with Departmental Honors in History, 1956. Elected-in-course to Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Fisk, 1956. Exchange Student at Pomona College, 1955. M.P.A. in economics and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1958. John Hay Whitney Opportunity Fellow and Graduate Fellowship, 1956-58. J.D., Yale Law School, 1971. 

Professional Experience 

    Professor Richard Paul Thornell served from 1976 through 2004 as a member of the Faculty of the Howard University School of Law, where he trained hundreds of AfricanAmerican and other lawyers from the United States and abroad. His major teaching responsibilities have included the torts law sequence of first year required torts and the elective of advanced torts which he introduced to the curriculum. Another sequence of his was environmental law: the introductory course and the seminar on environmental "justice." A third was in international law: the human rights seminar and the interdisciplinary seminar on legal problems in international relations which he introduced to the curriculum in cooperation with a senior colleague in political science. 

    Professor Thornell's research, publications, and pro bono publico activities have primarily been in the areas of civil and human rights, international affairs, and environmental law and policy, including service to the NAACP as Special Counsel to the Washington Bureau and as Youth Advisor to the Washington Branch, which participated in demonstrations in 1960 to end racial segregation in one of the Washington area's main amusement parks (Glen Echo, MD). He was Vice Chair and Counsel of the Board of Directors of Africare, the premiere African American development assistance organization; Chair of the Exchange Programs Committee of the International Division of the YMCA of the United States of America; and a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC. 

Richard joined CLL in the summer of 2009.