About Me/Publications

Dwayne Allen Thomas is an attorney, speaker, writer, and consultant. He has practiced law since 2014, and has applied interdisciplinary research to social issues since 2012. His 2016 master’s thesis, Channeling the River, used this approach to propose a strategy for increasing the overall pass rate of African-Americans taking the bar exam. He currently focuses on helping businesses and organizations improve their diversity and inclusion efforts, and on helping individuals circumvent psychological stressors that can prevent them from achieving their goals.

Dwayne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, a former subcommittee chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Dwayne has won several awards for his work, including the Elected Student Commencement Speaker (BLS, 2013), 3L of the Year (BLS Black Law Students Association, 2013), the SBA President’s Award for Public Service (BLS, 2013), Alumnus of the Year (BLS BLSA, 2014) and the Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship (2015, UPenn).

Publications

(2017) Two New Views of Learned Helplessness. Positive Psychology News

(2017) Positive Psychology is Not Equivalent to Positive Thinking. Positive Psychology News

(2016) Channeling the River: Using Positive Psychology to Prevent Cultural Helplessness, as Applied to African-American Law Students[Master’s Thesis]

(2015) Could Bar Exam Pass Rates be Returning to Normal? New York Law Journal

(2014) The Art of Saying I Don’t KnowNew York County Lawyer

(2014) What is Business Development (And Five Tips For Developing Your Business). MyShingle.com 

(2014) Three Networking Tips You Might Not Have ConsideredMyShingle.com