Joanne Thomka is a NAGTRI program counsel. Prior to coming to NAAG, Mrs. Thomka served as the director of the National Traffic Law Center of the National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Va. The NTLC provides technical assistance, legal research and training support to prosecutors, law enforcement and other traffic safety professionals across the country. Prior to NDAA, she was a senior assistant district attorney for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, N.Y. She was the bureau chief of the DWI Unit. The DWI Bureau is responsible for the prosecution of all alcohol-related crimes and all vehicular fatalities. Mrs. Thomka was previously a member of both the Special Victims and Violent Felony Bureaus within the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.
Mrs. Thomka is a graduate of Salem State College (now Salem State University) and Vermont Law School. She was the president of the Onondaga County Bar Association in 2003. Mrs. Thomka has been an instructor to prosecutors, law enforcement officers and other traffic safety personnel on all issues pertaining to impaired driving, other highway safety issues and various other areas of criminal law and procedure. She is one of the authors of the New York Prosecutors Training Institute’s Vehicular Homicide Manual for Prosecutors, and the National Traffic Law Center and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s manuals: DWI Prosecutor’s Notebook, The Criminal Justice System: A Guide For Law Enforcement Officers and Expert Witnesses in Impaired Driving Cases, Cross Examination for Prosecutors and the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor’s Manual. In addition, she is a co-author of a manual developed with The Century Council: Hardcore Drunk Driver Prosecutorial Guide.
Mrs. Thomka is a member of several committees which pertain to traffic safety: Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Law Enforcement Committee, National Sheriff’s Association’s Traffic Safety Committee, Highway Safety Coalition, and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation’s DWI Working Group, She is also the recipient of the 2013 J. Stannard Baker Award, presented by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Highway Safety.