Jeffrey E. Thoma

  • Lecturer in Law

Jeffrey E. Thoma is a criminal defense attorney at both the trial and appellate levels. He has appeared before the United States, California, and Nevada Supreme Courts; and has specialized in capital litigation and DNA cases over the past twenty-plus years. Most recently, he taught as an adjunct professor at University of California, Davis Law School in Trial Advocacy. He served as a commissioner on the United States Department of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence from 1996-2001, and has lectured and been published on this subject and others nation-wide. This past year the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) Forum published his article on “A Short History of Scientific Evidence.”

He presently serves on the Board of Directors and Death Penalty Committee Co-Chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is Treasurer and Seminars Chair for CACJ. He has also been a faculty member at the Death Penalty Clinic at Santa Clara University School of Law, and at Hawaii State Public Defender Annual Conference. He was formerly the Chief Public Defender for Solano County (CA) from 2004-2010, the Chief Public Defender for Mendocino County (CA) from 1997-2004, a Deputy Public Defender for San Diego (CA), Orange (CA), and Clark (NV) counties, and as a Deputy District Attorney in Humboldt County(CA), and has participated in well over 200 jury trials.