W. John Thomas

W. John Thomas

Professor of Law

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


Law School Academic
Law Library  335

203-582-3264
John.Thomas@quinnipiac.edu
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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, and was the subject of an hour-long BBC documentary on June 23, 2014. John has spoken on health law topics across the US and in dozen other countries. Most recently, in Durban, South Africa at the International Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP), John presented the Keynote address, "Gun Laws, Access to Mental Health Treatment, and the Prevalence of Gun Violence: A Comparative Examination of a Critical Balance."

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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 regionally, so you may be able to catch my act at a club, coffee house, or bookstore in the area. I also hit the international stage once or twice each year. Here are some video clips of my July 18, 2009 performance at The Zanzibar Club in Liverpool, UK:

Peter Gunn

Texas Blues Stew

Yankee Doodle Dixie

Windy & Warm/Chet's Tune

Selected Publications

Here's a sampling of what I've been up to lately. • Science, the First Amendment, and Defamation Litigation, JOURNAL OF HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL LAW 1 (forthcoming, 2013). • The Tightening of the CITES Noose in the European Union, VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE (November 2012) • Kalamazoo Gals: the Story of the Extraordinary Women Who Built Gibson's WWII “Banner” Guitars (American History Press, forthcoming 2012). • 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). • Vintage Steel: The Art and History of the American Steel String Guitar (Blurb Publishing, forthcoming 2012). • A Closer Look at Gibson Guitar’s Legal Troubles, Guest Column in Dot Earth, NEW YORK TIMES, August 10, 2012. • Autism, Medicine, and the Poison of Enthusiasm and Superstition, 7 JOURNAL OF HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL LAW 1 (2012). • The Last Time I Saw Lyon: An International Musical Journey Courtesy of a John Pell Composition, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Lollapalooza 2012 Day Three: Gary Clark, Jr. Burns and Jack White Astonishes, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Lollapalooza 2012 Day Two: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Are, Well, Red Hot, Not Washed Out, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Lollapalooza 2012 Day One: Elegant Soul from Michael Kiwanuka, a Razor Sharp Performance from The Shins, Gritty Realism from Dawes, and a Winking Self-Parody from the Prince of Darkness, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy: Day Four, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy: Day Three, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy: Day Two, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy: Prelude, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • California’s Ban on the Sale of Ivory and Other Animal Materials, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online). • “We’re looking through you, what did we know?” The True Adventures of the Great X-Ray Project, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (forthcoming, 2012) (with Shelley Giordano, Tania Blyth, & Natalie Pelletier). • Guitar Shopping with Andres Segovia: Una Visita con Dos Fabricantes de Guitarras Legendarias de Madrid (A Visit with Two Legendary Guitar Makers in Madrid), FRETBOARD JOURNAL (forthcoming, 2012). • The Guitarist at the Center or American Music: James Burton: The Early Years, 1956-1969, FRETBOARD JOURNAL (2012) (online).

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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, 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 5 non-profits. My latest is my favorite: The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation. We're building 18 replica's of Buddy's favorite guitar, each bearing a fret from the original, and loaning them to artists on a two year, renewable term to raise money for school music programs around the world. Sitting on the board of directors with me are Maria Elena Holly (Buddy's widow), Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, and Julian Lloyd Webber (Andrews cello-playing younger brother). Please check out our website.

The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation

Selected Workshops & Presentations

Recent speaking engagements. • September 15, 2012: Vintage Steel: The Art and History of the American Steel String Guitar, art show opening at the River Street Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. • September 12, 2012: presentation for the Aetna Insurance Group regarding the Affordable Care Act. • September 12, 2012: interview with WQUN radio regarding my art show, Vintage Steel: the Art and History of the American Steel String Guitar. • August 3, 2012: interview with the Meriden Record-Journal regarding medical marijuana. • June 30, 2012: presented at the Montreal Jazz Festival regarding the Conventional on International Trade in Endangered Species. • June 29, 2012: interview with WATR radio regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. • June 28, 2012: interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. • June 28, 2012: interview with The Waterbury Republican-American regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. • June 11, 2012: my book, Kalamazoo Gals: the Story of the Extraordinary Women (and a Few Men) Who Built Gibson's WWII “Banner” Guitars (Michigan State University Press, in press, forthcoming, 2012), and related CD recording, “Good Enough”: Lauren Sheehan Explores the World of WWII-Era Gibson Guitars, were profiled in The Connecticut law Tribune. • May 25, 2012: presented at the Acoustic Music Festival in Sarzana, Italy regarding the Conventional on International Trade in Endangered Species. • May 22, 2012: quoted in the Nashville Tennessean regarding the Conventional on International Trade in Endangered Species. • May 12, 2012: my book, Kalamazoo Gals: the Story of the Extraordinary Women (and a Few Men) Who Built Gibson's WWII “Banner” Guitars (Michigan State University Press, in press, forthcoming, 2012), and related CD recording, “Good Enough”: Lauren Sheehan Explores the World of WWII-Era Gibson Guitars, were profiled on WNPR radio. • May 10, 2012: my book, Kalamazoo Gals: the Story of the Extraordinary Women (and a Few Men) Who Built Gibson's WWII “Banner” Guitars (Michigan State University Press, in press, forthcoming, 2012), and related CD recording, “Good Enough”: Lauren Sheehan Explores the World of WWII-Era Gibson Guitars, were profiled in the New Haven Register. • May 6, 2012: appeared on FOXCT to discuss Connecticut’s legalization of medical marijuana. • March 29, 2012: quoted in Connecticut Post regarding US Supreme Court Review of Affordable Care Act. • March 28, 2012: interviewed by WTIC radio regarding US Supreme Court Review of Affordable Care Act. • March 20, 2012: interviewed by WTIC radio regarding US Supreme Court decision in Mayo Collaborative Service v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. • March 6, 2012: interviewed by WTNH8 television regarding bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana. • March 6, 2012: interviewed by WTIC radio regarding bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana. • March 5, 2012: quoted in Connecticut News Junkie regarding bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana. • March 4, 2012: quoted in Connecticut Post regarding bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana.

The last Time I Saw home Transcription

Attached are PDFs of the transcription to John Pell's lovely composition, "The Last Time I Saw Home." I featured the composition in my article, "The Last Time I Saw Lyon: An International Musical Journey Courtesy of a John Pell Composition."

"The Last Time I Saw Home," page 1

"The Last Time I Saw Home," page 2

"The Last Time I Saw Home," page 3

The Last Time I Saw Lyon: An International Musical Journey Courtesy of a John Pell Composition