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Alice Thomas

Alice Thomas, Interim Director

Professor Alice Martin Thomas is a tenured associate professor of law at Howard University School of Law. She has been teaching since 1993. She teaches tax and commercial law, including Federal Individual Income Taxation, Nonprofit/Tax-Exempt Organizations, Contracts, Secured Transactions, and Sales. In 1989, she was the first graduate of Howard University's JD/MBA Dual Degree program. She graduated with honors (cum laude) from the law school and as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Academic Honor Society from the School of Business. While a student at Howard, Professor Thomas was Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal and a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court team. In practice, she was engaged in private practice where she specialized in international tax planning and controversy, commercial transactions, nonprofit law and employment discrimination. She has been a full-time member of the Howard Law faculty since 2007. She came to Howard from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where she was a tenured law professor and a member of that law faculty for 11 years. She is a Carnegie Scholar (and Mentor Scholar) through the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has presented at National and International Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) conferences and served as a mentor at many of those conferences. She publishes in the fields of the scholarship of teaching and learning, tax-exempt law and critical race theory and wealth. She is a member of the District of Columbia and United States Supreme Court bars, and formerly a member of the Illinois Bar.

She frequently is invited to speak on topics related to teaching and student learning, and welcomes your inquiry.

Fred AppiahFrederick Appiah, Information Systems Manager

A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Mr. Appiah maintains our hardware, software, network, and videoconferencing equipment. At the same time, having earned a B.S. in Business Management, he takes care of all of CETLA’s information technology needs. In addition, drawing upon his experience training new employees at the HU library, Mr. Appiah provides hands-on assistance to faculty who visit our Open Lab. 


Bonita Bonita Thomas, Administrative Coordinator

As CETLA’s administrative coordinator, Ms. Thomas keeps our office running. While juggling countless clerical duties, she oversees our online registration system and carries out our desktop-publishing projects. In addition to her computing and clerical skills, she brings to CETLA experience in accounting and event-planning.


Brion LongBrion Long, Programmer Analyst/Webmaster

Brion Long’s major responsibilities at CETLA include developing and maintaining web applications by utilizing ASP.NET. Brion earned a B.S. & M.A. in Computer Science at Wayne State University. In addition to his programming duties, Mr. Long is responsible for the analysis, design and administration of the Registration and Syllabus Databases. Mr. Long is also responsible for testing and troubleshooting any technical problems that occur with the CETLA website.


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