Karen Peterson Throckmorton
Lecturer in Law
LL.M. 1987, University of Miami School of Law
J.D.1981, University of Miami School of Law
B.A. 1976, Duke University
Karen Peterson Throckmorton is a lecturer in law at the law school and the director of the Miami STREET LAW program. Ms. Throckmorton graduated from Duke University cum laude in 1976 with a bachelor of arts in history. In 1981, she earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and received the Lawyer's Title Guaranty Fund Award for Writing. She completed her Masters in Law in Estate Planning in 1987. After two Federal clerkships with then-Chief United States Magistrate Peter R. Palermo and United States District Judge William M. Hoeveler, she practiced law at Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole specializing in estate planning.
As director of Miami STREET LAW, Ms. Throckmorton teaches a law course in which law students research, draft and teach weekly legal and ethical case studies at local public and private high schools and at the University of Miami. Miami STREET LAW received a national grant in 2006 from STREET LAW, Inc. to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession. In addition to weekly teachings in high schools, Ms. Throckmorton and the Miami Street Lawyers designed and run an annual three day law immersion program for diverse teens which requires the students to learn about evidence and trial procedures as well as try a case before real judges. Ms. Throckmorton has spoken at several national conferences on increasing diversity in the profession through STREET LAW programs. She is a regular contributor to publications by the national organization, STREET LAW, Inc.
In addition to her teaching duties in STREET LAW, Ms. Throckmorton teaches undergraduate classes at the University of Miami. She has taught an upper-class honors class entitled, "Real World 101." She currently teaches a fall freshman seminar entitled, "Law, Public Policy & Ethics I' and an advanced honors undergraduate spring course entitled, "Law, Public Policy & Ethics II."
Ms. Throckmorton is the 2010 Recipient of the University of Miami School of Law Richard Hausler Golden Apple Award for teaching from the Society of Bar and Gavel. The Hausler Golden Apple Award is annually awarded to the faculty member contributing the most to the student body both academically and in their extracurricular activities. The award honors Richard A. Hausler who was a beloved professor for 52 years at the University of Miami School of Law, inspiring legions of students to achieve the highest levels of excellence.
Ms. Throckmorton has years of volunteer experience including Immediate Past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Southeastern Division of the Children's Home Society, Past President of the Ransom Everglades Alumni Board, Board member of the Junior League of Miami numerous times, foster parent, and facilitator for Bible Study Fellowship.