Barton Thompson is a professor at Stanford University Law School and director of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Professor Thompson consults for a variety of private, governmental and nonprofit organizations. He serves on the board of a number of conservation organizations, including the California Nature Conservancy, the Resources Legacy Fund, and the Sonoran Institute. He is currently serving as a special master for the United States Supreme Court in an interstate water dispute involving the Yellowstone River. He previously was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. In 2008, the United States Supreme Court appointed him to serve as special master in Montana vs. Wyoming.
Professor Thompson earned a law degree and a master's in business administration in 1976 and his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Stanford University. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed and Justice William H. Rehnquist. Before joining the faculty at Stanford, he was a partner in the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers and taught at the UCLA School of Law.
He is a recipient of many teaching and service awards. His grandfather was a farmer in the Owens Valley of California. He and his wife Holly live on the Stanford campus and have three children.