Senior Litigation Counsel
Eric Thompson has been with Children’s Rights since 1998. An experienced litigator, he has successfully led Children’s Rights’ litigation efforts in New Jersey, Milwaukee, and Mississippi. Mr. Thompson obtained judicial recognition of a federal legal right to timely adoption filings for foster children under the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and a state legal right to basic protections and services for foster children under the New Jersey Child Placement Bill of Rights. He has testified before Congress on reform efforts in the District of Columbia, speaks across the country about the legal rights of children, and is published on the subject. He was a 2002-2003 Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. Prior to joining the staff at Children’s Rights, Mr. Thompson prosecuted child protective custody and termination of parental rights cases as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services in Boston. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College, and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Mr. Thompson also clerked for the Hon. William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.