Cynthia E. Tompkins
Associate Professor of Law
Director of the Center for Prosecution
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
B.A., Wake Forest University
Areas of Interest/Teaching
Law of Nonprofits, Labor/Employment Law,
Client Counseling, Lawyering Skills, The Role
of the Prosecutor, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure
Prior to joining the faculty of Liberty University School of Law, Cynthia Tompkins held the position of Deputy General Counsel and then Acting General Counsel/Deputy General Counsel at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), an independent federal executive branch agency, in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she served as the Chief Legal Officer for the Office of General Counsel (OGC), where she led CSOSA’s legal team in successfully litigating several Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cases, and Merit Systems Protection Board Appeals; supervised the OGC attorneys’ delivery of legal opinions and counsel; advised top agency officials on Privacy Act/FOIA matters, Ethics guidelines; and conducted legal sufficiency reviews, pursuant to Professional Responsibility Investigations, and Employee and Labor Relations matters.
Tompkins gained her teaching experience at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC, where she taught Community Prosecution and Environmental Law courses to prosecutors from various jurisdictions throughout the United States; Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA; and Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH, where she taught Aspects of Business Organizations, Criminal Law and Introduction to Sociology, respectively.
In addition to her valuable teaching experience, Tompkins is an experienced attorney with 20 years of civil and criminal trial practice experience. She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly following law school, Tompkins accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA. There, she prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases while working in the special assault, juvenile court, and major crimes units. As lead prosecutor for the Domestic Abuse Response Team, she conducted training sessions for prosecutors and police officers on investigative and trial techniques related to prosecution of Domestic Violence cases; and supervised law clerks and the work of victim advocates.
From the mid to late 1990s, Tompkins worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Raleigh, N.C., and also served on the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Church Arson Task Force (NCATF) in Washington, DC. Her depth of experience was broadened when she became directly responsible for monitoring and managing innumerable church arson cases, which encompassed one of the largest Civil Rights investigations in history. As one of ten select prosecutors recruited from U.S. Attorney’s Offices, she served on the prosecution team, which successfully prosecuted five defendants in the only church arson trial of this task force.
Tompkins later became Senior Counsel for the American Prosecutors Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. While employed there, she taught, and coordinated a wide range of workshops in the areas of Community Prosecution, Environmental Crimes, and Trial Practice Skills; and developed case studies and other publications concerning Hate Crimes, Community Prosecution, and Environmental Crimes.
In early 2000, Tompkins became Assistant Director of the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights in Washington, D.C. This position further extended her training and management skills, as she served as the senior manager of the Office’s Mediation program, managed and supervised Employment Law investigations and probable cause reports drafting, and trained organizational leaders on employment laws and regulations. She later attended a Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government Management Executive Skill Development Program, and moved into a position of greater leadership as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at the FEC, Tompkins assisted staff preparing for settlement negotiations, and with drafting conciliation agreements; served on hiring committees to address diversity in the organization; and conducted extensive review of the Labor Management Contract between the FEC and the National Treasury Employees Union. She was actively involved in managing, reviewing and assisting with the development and writing of probable cause briefs, General Counsel’s Reports, and other documents encompassing the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). She further applied her legal expertise to ensure proper interpretation of the FECA, and analysis of First Amendment Constitutional Issues.
As an author of several written works and a presenter/instructor for many presentations, Tompkins was also a 2002 participant in “Increasing Diversity in Law Schools and the Profession: Massachusetts Bar Association, Roundtable Discussion.”
She has been recognized for outstanding work and exemplary performance by her previous employers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Election Commission, and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, respectively.
Tompkins is an accomplished pianist and clarinetist, and frequently volunteers her time at various churches and nursing home facilities, where she shares her gift of music with church members and nursing home residents. Tompkins is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and licensed to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.