Professorial Lecturer in Law
Thomas Kearns is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he teaches consumer bankruptcy law. He has been the Chief Deputy Clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland since 2016. Previously, Mr. Kearns worked for the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees in the Department of Justice, first as Trial Attorney in the Office of General Counsel, then as Deputy Assistant Director and finally as the Assistant Director for the Office of Planning and Evaluation. Among other things, at the Office of Planning and Evaluation Mr. Kearns was responsible for statistical analysis, data integrity, and reporting on performance and enforcement efforts; training managers, attorneys and support personnel at the National Bankruptcy Training Institute; handling press inquiries and public relations; and managing debtor audits. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kearns was in private practice in Colorado for 12 years, focusing on bankruptcy matters and civil litigation, and he served as law clerk to Bankruptcy Judge E. Stephen Derby (D. Md.).