Dean Thomas Guernsey
Thomas Guernsey
President and Dean
Professor of Law
LL.M., Temple University School of Law;
J.D., Wayne State University, cum laude;
B.A., University of Michigan, with distinction
Phone: (619) 961-4272

Prior to coming to TJSL in July 2013, Dean Guernsey has most recently served as a member of the faculty at Albany Law School and served as its Dean from 2002-2011. Additionally, he previously served as Dean, Professor of Law and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Southern Illinois University, as well as Associate Dean and Professor of Law at University of Richmond. His contributions at Albany were significant in placing the school on a solid financial footing, dramatically improving its academics and increasing its stature in the community. Dean Guernsey is active in national legal organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.


In 2011, Dean Guernsey was awarded the Trustee’s Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by Albany Law School to an individual who has demonstrated a record of exemplary support and dedication to the advancement of Albany Law School. Trustees and alumni established the Dean Thomas F. Guernsey Faculty Research and Scholarship Endowment in his honor to support faculty research and scholarship. He also received the Faculty Scholarship Legacy Award in honor of his efforts advancing faculty scholarship at Albany Law School, and the Legacy Award from the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching for his efforts advancing teaching at Albany Law School. Dean Guernsey was also named a University of Richmond Distinguished Educator in 1983 and 1989.


Dean Guernsey has taught evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure and trial advocacy. He has practice experience in disability law litigation and legal aid, and has served as a consultant/trainer in interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation and trial practice for various legal, public service, government, insurance, business, medical and banking organizations.


  • February 27, 2015
    The 201 Bar on Capitol Hill was the place to be on the evening of Thursday, February 19 if you were a Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni because...
  • January 26, 2015
    On Monday, January 26, twenty-one Moscow State University (MSU) professors and students met with Dean Thomas Guernsey who welcomed them to the Thomas...
  • January 16, 2015
    Dean Guernsey his wife Kathe Klare and Alumni Relations Director Stephanie Marquez joined Seattle area alumni in Seattle, Washington on Thursday,...
  • January 5, 2015
    “You are about to join a profession that many, including myself, believe provides a cornerstone for the stability of this country and actually...
  • December 15, 2014
    Friends, family, and faculty joined December graduates on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Copley Symphony Hall to celebrate Thomas Jefferson School...