Jeree Thomas is an attorney with the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia. She started her career with JustChildren in 2011 as a Skadden Fellow representing incarcerated youth experiencing education and re-entry issues.
Thomas received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary in Social Justice & Community Advocacy, where she received the President’s Award for Service to the Community, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where she was one of five students selected for the first class of the Law and Public Service Program. She was also inducted into the Raven Society and received the James C. Slaughter Honor Award presented to an outstanding member of the graduating class.
Thomas is a member of the Virginia State Bar. She has served as the co-chair of the Young Lawyers Conference Commission on Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession. She also served as the Chair of Madison House Board of Directors, a non-profit that coordinates over 3,000 UVA student volunteers. She is a co-author of Virginia CLE’s Education Law and Advocacy Manual. In June 2015, Jeree was selected as a National Juvenile Justice Network, Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow. Jeree currently serves as the campaign manager of the RISE (Re-invest in Supportive Environments) for Youth Campaign focused on investing in community-based alternatives to youth incarceration in Virginia.