Joshua P. Thompson

Senior Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Joshua Thompson joined the Pacific Legal Foundation in August, 2007. He spends the majority of his time in PLF's Individual Rights practice group, specializing in both the Equality under the Law Project and the K-12 Education Reform Project. Mr. Thompson also litigates cases in PLF's environmental law and economic liberty projects.

Mr. Thompson's work in the Equality Under the Law Project has led to the invalidation of California statutes granting race-based preferences in public contracting, as well as the Port of Oakland's use of a race-based selection process for its vendors. He has authored numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, including PLF's brief in Fisher v. University of Texas, which the The Weekly Standard described as the "the most persuasive [brief] overall." Mr. Thompson also leads PLF's K-12 Education Reform Project, arguing for the rights of parents and students to choose the best education for their needs. To that end, he has filed briefs in Indiana, New Hampshire, Georgia, California, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Thompson graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 with a triple major in political science, international relations, and German. After receiving his Bachelor's degree, he went to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship.

Following his Fulbright year in Germany, Mr. Thompson began law school at Michigan State University. After his first year of law school, he was a Koch Summer Fellow in Washington, D.C., where he clerked at both the Federalist Society and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, specializing in the latter's White Collar Crime Project. In May, 2007, Mr. Thompson graduated cum laude from MSU, where he was an Associate Editor on the MSU Law Review. He also was active in the MSU Federalist Society and a member of the school's Trial Practice Institute.


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Michigan State University

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Publications and Multimedia
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-11-16 featuring Joshua P. Thompson
February 11, 2016
Race-Conscious College Admissions: Fisher v. University of Texas - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
December 09, 2015
Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-25-11 featuring Joshua P. Thompson
April 25, 2011
Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-23-10 featuring Joshua P. Thompson
November 23, 2010