2014 Professor of the Year: Thomas Kelch


The Whittier Law School Class of 2014 is honored and delighted to announce that Professor Thomas G. Kelch has been named “Professor of the Year” by the Whittier Law School student body.

Professor Kelch has been a Whittier Law School faculty member since 1989. His “no nonsense” style of teaching has earned praise and respect from his students and colleagues alike, and he is universally considered to be a wonderful educator, mentor, and friend. Numerous students in this year’s 3L class agree that, “Professor Kelch is not only extremely knowledgeable, but he also gives you everything you need to know in class. You won’t learn more from another professor in one topic.”

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Kelch established himself as a leader in the fields of bankruptcy, real estate, and commercial law.

A Pioneer in Animal Law
As a young professor, Professor Kelch was a pioneer in the field of animal law, teaching one of the nation’s first animal law courses. Professor Kelch has successfully integrated those experiences into his scholarship, through which he has distinguished himself as an influential thinker. Professor Kelch has published extensively on bankruptcy, real estate and animal law issues, has spoken at numerous conferences both in the United States and abroad, and his work has been cited in several judicial decisions.

Professor Kelch is also a tireless advocate. He has worked for years with local nonprofit groups to rescue and care for homeless companion animals. More recently, Professor Kelch appeared before the Long Beach City Council to advocate for the city’s adoption of a “no kill” policy for its shelter. He places a special emphasis on advocacy in his role as a professor, and inspires others to advocate through his role as a moot court coach and advisor to the school’s burgeoning chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

We are fortunate to have him as an upstanding member and professor of the Whittier Law School Community.

Class of 2014, Whittier Law School

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