John P. Collins, Jr.

Portrait of JP Collins

John P. Collins, Jr.

Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering


2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

JP Collins is an Associate Professor in GW Law’s Fundamentals of Lawyering Program, and has been a member of the faculty since July 2020.  

Professor Collins is regularly interviewed and quoted about judicial nomination developments by leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, HuffPost, Reuters, Bloomberg Law, and Law360. He has also appeared on the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy’s Laws Flaws podcast. 

Professor Collins began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Peck of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then joined Sullivan & Cromwell as an associate in the firm's litigation department. Professor Collins's practice at S&C focused on complex civil litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and appeals. He represented leading U.S. and multinational financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in a variety of state and federal matters, including nationwide consumer fraud class actions, cross-border criminal tax investigations, theft of trade secrets cases, contractual disputes, and other complex commercial cases. While at S&C, Professor Collins kept an active pro bono docket, briefing and arguing multiple appeals on behalf of state prosecutor and public defender offices. He also represented federal criminal defendants as part of the Criminal Justice Act.

In addition to teaching legal practice, Professor Collins's research interests include judicial nominations and court administration and reform. His scholarship has been published in the SMU Law Review Forum and the Fordham Urban Law Journal and cited in the Northwestern Law Review, the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Washington & Lee Law Review Online, The Los Angeles Times, published federal court opinions, and briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the News

"Senator Kennedy’s Judicial Pop Quizzes Trip Up Nervous Nominees"

Bloomberg Law News quoted JP Collins explaining that being a judge is much like being lawyer, which requires analyzing legal issues, researching the law, and more.

"Clinton, Obama Circuit Judges Shun Retirement as Election Looms"

Bloomberg Law quoted JP Collins, Jr. in the delays and openings for the Biden administration’s federal judge appointments.

"Biden secures 150th judicial confirmation with US Senate votes"

Reuters quoted JP Collins on Biden’s administration's securing of judicial votes.

BA, Stonehill College; JD, Fordham University