Tom Mack
(202) 274-7324

Thomas Mack
Professor of Law

B.A., summa cum laude, Loras College, 1961; J.D., University of Chicago School of Law, 1964.

Professor Mack has taught Torts, Evidence, Remedies, Constitutional Law and Federal Courts since the School of Law was established in 1988. Prior to that, he served as Professor of Law, Clinical Director and Dean of the School’s predecessor institution, the Antioch School of Law, and then as Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia School of Law prior to its merger with the University of the District of Columbia.

Tom Mack teaching

Professor Mack’s legal experience includes private practice, government positions, and neighborhood legal services work in Chicago and San Francisco. He served as Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel to the Community Services Administration throughout the Carter Administration. He was Executive Director of San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation from 1974 to 1977 and during that time he also served a Founding Dean and Professor of Law of the New College School of Law. He was Regional Director of the United States Office of Legal Services from 1969 to 1972. During his Chicago years, Professor Mack was an associate at Ross, Hardies, O’Keefe, Babcock, McDugald, and Parsons, leaving in 1965 to join the legal service movement as a supervising attorney for the Chicago Legal Aid Bureau’s Law Reform and Appeals Division from 1966 to 1968.

In addition to teaching, Professor Mack has maintained a robust pro bono practice. Specializing in constitutional litigation, he has been the sole or lead counsel in numerous pro bono cases litigated in federal and state courts in over 25 cities across the United States. His cases have involved working with Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago and with Cesar Chavez in California, and with the Special Prosecutor for the Navaho Nation. He has represented many federal whistleblowers in various agencies, defended reporters protecting sources, and represented judges, lawyers, and law students facing disciplinary charges. He has represented political candidates denied a place on the ballot. He has successfully sued police officers and prison guards on behalf of badly beaten citizens and prisoners. He has represented ethnic minorities, gays, lesbians and women in a variety of discrimination cases.

Recently, Professor Mack challenged a state’s practice of placing parents on a “child abuser” list without probable cause and won a First Amendment Freedom of Religion Case before the Maryland Courts of Appeals.


Professor Mack with students