Thomas Guernsey

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.


  • Third Annual NSLNC Continues to Raise the Bar
    September 24, 2013
    By Jonathan Stahler (3L), NSLNC Assistant to the Director   The Third Annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition (NSLNC) held at Thomas...
  • TJSL Welcomes ABA President
    September 24, 2013
    Immigration, lack of access to attorneys in rural areas, boosting student diversity in legal education and incubator programs are among the topics...
  • September 16, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration will co-host a private reception for ABA President James R...
  • Alumni Picnic in Santa Monica
    August 19, 2013
    Alumni from class years 1975 through 2013 came together for a lovely picnic in Santa Monica to welcome Dean Thomas Guernsey and his wife, Kathe Klare...
  • San Diego Lawyer
    July 30, 2013
    The pages of the July/August issue of San Diego Lawyer -The Journal of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), are teeming with articles...