Thomas Colby

Thomas Colby

Thomas Colby

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development; John Theodore Fey Research Professor


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Thomas Colby joined the GW Law faculty in 2003. He teaches constitutional law and civil procedure, and was chosen by vote of the graduating classes of 2006 and 2017 as the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Faculty Service Award. His articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among others. Following law school, where he served as supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review and was awarded the Sears Prize, Professor Colby clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then spent several years practicing constitutional law in the Supreme Court and appellate practice group of Mayer Brown's Washington, DC, office, and served for two years as a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Colby currently serves as GW Law's Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.

In the News

"Should SCOTUS Focus on the Original Meaning of the Constitution?"

Tom Colby was featured on Open to Debate on the process of how the modern-day Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution.

“House committee to vote on DC Statehood bill this week’’

Thomas Colby is quoted by WUSA-CBS9 about the constitutionality of granting D.C. statehood. 

"VERIFY: What's the Process for DC to Become an Official State?"

Thomas Colby is quoted in WUSA9 about how Congress would have to repeal the 23rd Amendment if they...