From its 27 members, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist selected him as one of seven members of the conference’s executive committee, the policymaking arm of the federal judiciary. Rehnquist also appointed him as one of seven federal judges of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Thompson assumed senior status in 1999 and retired in August 2007. Upon retirement from the court, he was appointed as a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Thompson is the recipient of numerous honors, including the OU Regents’ Alumni Award, OU’s Distinguished Service Award and the Journal Record’s Award for Distinguished Service.
He has served as president of the OU Dads’ Association, chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of OU’s Centennial and as a founding and current member of OU’s Bizzell Library Society. He also serves on the boards of visitors of the OU Honors College and the OU College of Law.
A 34-year member of the OU President’s Associates, he sponsors two academic scholarships for OU students — the endowed Lee B. Thompson Sr. Law Scholarship and a College of Law Second Century Scholarship. He taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School for 27 years and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1995.