(Biographical information from the Federal Judicial Center, http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf, April 2007
Born 7/8/1934, in Philadelphia, PA.Federal Judicial Service
Judge, U. S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
Nominated by President Jimmy Carter (Democrat) on 09/28/1979; confirmed by the Senate on 10/31/1979; received judicial commission on 11/02/1979.
Served as Chief Judge from 01/01/1994 to 01/01/2001.
Assumed senior status on 06/01/2001.
As of April 2007, when this biographical material was gathered, Judge Thompson remained on the federal bench. Education
Howard University, B.A., 1955.
Temple University, M.A., 1957.
Howard University School of Law, LL.B., 1964.Non-judicial Career
Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Chicago, 1964-1965
Grant writer, United Progress, Incorporated, 1966-1967
Assistant deputy public defender, New Jersey Public Defender`s Office,
Mercer-Somerset-Hunterdon Region, Trenton, New Jersey, 1967-1970
Municipal prosecutor, LawrenceTownship, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 1970-1972
Municipal court judge, City ofTrenton, New Jersey, 1972-1975
Prosecutor, Mercer County, Trenton, New Jersey, 1975-1979