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W. John Thomas


Professor of Law

BA, JD, University of Arizona; MPH, LLM, Yale University

School of Law

Courses


HM 657

Health Care Compliance Law - Fall 2018

LAWS 634

Int'l Human Rights Law & Trans. Justice - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 457

Healthcare Compliance Law - Law Fall 2018

LAWS 101

Civil Procedure I - Law Fall 2018

Organization

Law School Academic

Phone Number

203-582-3264

Mail Drop

LW-FAC

Email

John.Thomas@quinnipiac.edu

About


A School of Law faculty member since 1988, Professor John Thomas is the Carmen A. Tortora Professor of Law. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Arizona and an LLM and MPH from Yale University. John teaches health law and intellectual property in the law school and the Health Policy and Advocacy in the medical school. John’s 170 + publications address topics from gun violence to health policy, politics, autism, juvenile justice, and music and musical instruments and have appeared in law reviews, medical journals, major newspapers, a wide range of music magazines, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. John’s current book, "Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s 'Banner' Guitars of WWII" (American History Press, 2013), centers on the oral histories of twelve women who appeared in a 1944 photograph and has been featured on National Public Radio, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Voice of America, was the subject of an hour-long BBC documentary on June 23, 2014, and is the subject of a play opening in June 2016 at a festival in Michigan. John's next two books, "One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico Border: An Oral History" (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) and "Bordering Madness: Social and Cultural Transformation of the Communities Living along the US/Mexico Border" (Edwin Mellon Press, 2018), address the historical, cultural, legal, and political dynamics surrounding the Mexico/US border. John has spoken on legal, historical, and cultural topics across the US and in dozen other countries.

Interests & Hobbies


I am a fingerstyle guitar player. I play instrumental, acoustic music. My influences range from the blues greats of the 1920s and 1930s to Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. I perform locally and and around the world.

My YouTube Channel

Selected Publications


Here's a sampling of what I've been up to lately. Books • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico Border: An Oral History (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). • Bordering Madness: A Social and Cultural History of the US/Mexico Boundary (McFarland Press, 2019). • Have Musical Instrument, Will Travel: A Musicians Guide to International Travel Laws (Fretboard Publishing, 2018). • Field Editor (field of law), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2nd Ed., Fred R. Volkmar, Editor in Chief, Springer Press, 2018). • Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII (American History Press, 2013). Book Chapters • Estate Planning, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2nd Ed., 2018). • Confidentiality, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2nd Ed 2018). • Enactive Mind, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2nd Ed., 2018). • Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2nd Ed., 2018). • Parent-Initiated Litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • Court Decisions, in AUTISM (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • Eligibility for Services under the IDEA, ADA, and Related Statutes, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012).Court Decisions, in AUTISM (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • Beneficiary, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • Cost of Care Liability, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (Fred Volkmar, Ed., Springer Press, 2012). • The Instruments of the Larson Brothers, in GROVE DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN MUSIC (H. Wiley Hitchcock & Stanley Sadie, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012). • The Impact of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on International Cultural Musical Exchange in INTERNATIONAL LAW, CONVENTIONS AND JUSTICE 81-92 (David A. Frenkel, Ed., 2011). • Is it Safe to Talk Yet? The Evolution of Electronic Privacy Law, IN COMPUTER SECURITY, PRIVACY AND POLITICS: CURRENT ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS (IGI-Global, 2008). Law Review and Medical Journal Articles • Psychiatric, Epigenetic, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach, QLR (forthcoming, 2018). • Inaugural Quinnipiac Health Law Journal Elyn Saks Issue, 17 Quinnipiac Health Law Journal (2016). • The Devil and Mr. Johnson: A Bluesman’s Son Wins Possession on Judgment Day, 16 TEXAS REV. ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS L. 107 (2015). • Introduction to Symposium on International Wildlife Trafficking Law and Policy, QLR ONLINE (forthcoming 2015). • Autism, Medicine, and the Poison of Enthusiasm and Superstition, 7 J. HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL L. 449 (2012). • Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Humanitarian Emergency? 28 PSYCHIATRIC TIMES 1 (August 2011). • Behind the Sweet Sounds, 42(5) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS 8, 2010 (with Tania Blyth & Shelley Giordano). • “Paranoia Strikes Deep”: MMR Vaccine and Autism, 27:3 PSYCHIATRIC TIMES (2010). • The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Marijuana in the United States, 27:1 PSYCHIATRIC TIMES (2010). • Mental Health Professionals in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Room, 26:11 PSYCHIATRIC TIMES (October 28, 2009). • The Devil and Mr. Johnson: A Bluesman’s Cultural Legacy at an Intellectual Property Crossroads, 11 TEXAS REV. ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS L. 1 (2009). • Play It Again, Hillary: A Dramaturgical Examination of a Repeat Health Care Plan Performance, 19 STANFORD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 283 (2009). • Revealing Guitars’ Musical History through Imaging, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS 8, October/November 2008 (with Shelley Giordano, William F. Hennessy, & Tania Blyth). • The Vioxx Story: Would it Have Ended Differently in the European Union? 33 AM. J. LAW & MED. (2006). • A Survey of Early Career Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists: Professional Activities and Perceptions, 41 J. AM. ACAD. CHILD & ADOL. PSYCH. 123 (2002) (with Dorothy E. Stubbe). • Click on this Link, Buy Two Aspirins, and Call Me in the Morning: A Critique of Online Medicine Financial Arrangements, 10 CORNEL J. OF L. AND PUB. POL. 303 (2001). Other Publications • Buddy Holly’s Les Paul: The Guitar that Changed the Course of Musical and Cultural History by Not Being Played, 38 FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2017). • Liner notes to John Stein, COLOR TONES, Whaling City Sound (2017). • Liner notes to John Stein, CORK, Whaling City Sound (2017). • Liner notes to Michael Watts, Vetiver, Curtain Men Records (2016). • Derek Trucks: Getting back to that Place, 36 FRETBOARD JOURNAL (Cover story, 2016). • Remembering Guy Clark, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (May 20, 2016) (online). • At 14, Annual Guitar Night Still Fabulous, NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT, Dec. 8, 2015. • Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 2015, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (October 27, 2015) (online). • Return of a Prodigal Guitar: Curator Vince Gill Returns an Instrument to Nashville Journeyman Bob Minner 34 FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2015). • New US Ivory Rules Limit Import, Export and Interstate Ivory Sales, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (July 29, 2015) (online). • Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival: A Few of My Favorite Things, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (June 12, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Encore, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (April 7, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Finale, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 13, 2015) (online) • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Day Five, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 12, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Day Four, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 11, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Day Three, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 10, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Day Two, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 9, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: Day One, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 8, 2015) (online). • Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: A Prelude, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (March 1, 2015) (online). • Update: The Skies are Now Guitar Friendly: Congress Orders Airlines to Let You Carry on Your Musical Instrument! FRETBOARD JOURNAL (January 1, 2015) (online). • Jack Johnson: Keeping the Feather Afloat (cover story), 32 FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014). • Newport Folk Festival 2014: An Authentic Rejection of Authenticity, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • Breaking News Regarding Brazilian Rosewood: The US Fish and Wildlife Service Has … Not Changed Its Policy, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • Update: The Skies are Now Guitar Friendly: Congress Orders Airlines to Let You Carry on Your Musical Instrument! FRETBOARD JOURNAL (August 7, 2014) (online). • The New Federal Ivory Import, Export, and Sale Restrictions, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • Musical Instrument Passports Revisited, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • The True Adventures of the Great Guitar X-Ray Project, GUITARADIA (2014) (online) (with Shelley Giordano, Tania Grgurich, & Natalie Pelletier). • Nightlight/Daylight by Muriel Anderson, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • Remembering Phil Everly, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • Kalamazoo Gals in London with Jeff Beck and Suzi Quatro, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2014) (online). • The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet Score for Guitar Orchestra, by Stephen Bennett, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2013) (online).

The Vioxx Story: Would It Have Turned Out Differently in the European union?

Archtop Aesthetics: the Birth of the Kim Walker Solo Novo (2008)

By Any Other Name: the Legend of the Larson Brothers (Fretboard Journal, 2009)

Play it Again Hillary: A Dramaturgical Examination of a Repeat Health Care Plan Performance (2008)

Community / Practive Activities


Over the past decade and a half, I've been volunteering my services to anyone who approaches me with a proposal to create an interesting and worthwhile IRC 501c3 charity. I've now created 15 non-profits. One of the most memorable is The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. We've building 18 replica's of Buddy's favorite guitar, and recruited "ambassadors" to use the instruments to further Buddy's legacy and to raise funds for projects that support young music artists. Our Ambassadors include Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian May. Please check out our website.

The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation

Selected Workshops & Presentations


Recent speaking engagements. September 28-30, 2018: Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and Festival, Cremona, Italy: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. - July 30-August, 1, 2018: 4th Annual World Conference of Pediatrics, Fukuoka, Japan: Psychiatric, Epigenetic, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach. –July 23-27, 2018: International congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), Prague: Psychiatric, Epigenetic, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach. - June 23, 2018: International Women in Engineering Day, the Women’s Engineering Society, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented: Kalamazoo Gals and Walthamstow Assembly Hall. - June 21-23, 2018: The World History Association’s annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico border: An Oral History, talk and “meet and greet the author.” - May 15, 2018: Some Neck Guitars, Dublin, Ireland: Kalamazoo Gals. - May 12-13, 2018: 4th International Conference on “New Directions in Multidisciplinary Research & Practice,” London, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico border: An Oral History. - May 12, 2018: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK: Women Construction Workers during WWII. - May 11, 2018: TP Café, Middlesbrough, UK: Kalamazoo Gals. - May 4, 2018: European Guitar Builders Association, Berlin, Germany: The US Lacey Act and Vintage Steel string guitar X-ray & CT-scan study. - May 5, 2018: Holy Grail Guitar Show, Berlin, Germany: Kalamazoo Gals. - April 26, 2018: Institute for Learning in Retirement, New Haven, Connecticut: Blues and Ragtime Guitar. - April 13-15, 2018: Artisan Guitar Show, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The US Lacey Act and Vintage Steel string guitar X-ray & CT-scan study. - April 12, 2018: Institute for Learning in Retirement, New Haven, Connecticut: Kalamazoo Gals. - April 4-7, 2018: Association for Borderlands Studies 59th Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico border: An Oral History. - April 2, 2018: The New Haven Mavens, WPKN Radio, Connecticut: Kalamazoo Gals. - March 23, 2018: Quinnipiac Law Review Symposium: Psychiatric, Epigenetic, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach. - March 2-3, 2018: International Conference on Human Rights Studies, Istanbul, Turkey: The Impact of Current and Emerging US Immigration and Refugee Law on Human Rights, Social Justice, and Civil Liberty. - January 7, 2018: Branford Forum, Branford, CT, O.ne Hundred Years of Solitude, Struggle, and Violence along the US/Mexico border: An Oral History - October 23-28, 2017: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 64th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC: Psychiatric, Cognitive, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach. - October 4, 2017: Frank Netter School of Medicine: Psychiatric, Cognitive, Legal, and Public Health Challenges Facing Refugee Children: An Integrated Approach. - September 26, 2017: Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association: intellectual property law issues relating to Kalamazoo Gals: the Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of WWII (American History Press, 2013). - September 8 & 9, 2017: Kalamazoo, Michigan: booked as “historian and author” to speak about a building added to National Registry of Historic sites. - June 2, 2017: Shreveport ArtsSpace: Along with Vince Gill and on behalf of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, presented guitar to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton. - April 21 & 22, 2017: Bare Backstage Productions, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo Gals. - April 22, 2017: Elderly Instruments, Lansing, Michigan: Kalamazoo Gals. - April 15, 2017: Association for Borderlands Studies, San Francisco: “Psychiatric, cognitive, legal, and public health challenges facing refugee children.” - March 28, 2017: Quinnipiac Law School: Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy. - March 15, 2017: Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section Executive Committee: Using Cases from the Headlines to Make Civil Procedure Relevant and (almost) Interesting. - March 8, 2017: International Women’s Day Teach-In, Quinnipiac University, Kalamazoo Gals. - March 2, 2017: Women’s City Club of Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kalamazoo Gals. - March 3, 2017: Women’s Expo, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo Gals. - March 4, 2017: Fretboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo Gals. - December 8, 2016: Podcast, Fretboard Journal: Amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). - October 31, 2016: Federalist Society, Quinnipiac School of Law: District of Columbia v. Heller and the 2nd Amendment. - October 30, 2016: Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa, OK: Kalamazoo Gals. - October 16, 2016: San Diego, CA: inducted T Bone Burnett into The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation to serve as an “ambassador” alongside Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Brian May, and others.