Randall Thomas earned a B.A. from Haverford College, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to teaching law, Professor Thomas was in private practice for four years and was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Charles Joiner of the Eastern District of Michigan. He came to Iowa Law in 1990 and was Professor of Law until 2000. His areas of scholarship included corporate and securities law. After leaving Iowa Law, Professor Thomas joined the law faculty at Vanderbilt University.