Thomas Kelch is a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He teaches Contracts for Foreign Lawyers and Legal Research, Writing and Analysis for LL.M.s. He is currently Professor of Law Emeritus, Whittier Law School, and a practicing attorney.
Professor Kelch began his career as a law professor teaching bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and commercial law classes. Since then he has developed a teaching and research specialty in animal law. During his teaching career he has taught animal law, business associations, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization classes, contracts, commercial law, international and comparative animal law, real estate finance and professional responsibility. For many years he taught international and comparative animal law in a summer program in Toulouse, France. He has published extensively on bankruptcy, real estate and animal law, and has spoken at numerous conferences on bankruptcy and animal law issues. Among his publications are articles on business restructuring and bankruptcy, including articles on corporate governance and fiduciary duties in chapter 11 cases, waiver of bankruptcy privileges and derivatives contracts in bankruptcy. In the animal law area, Professor Kelch has published articles on feminism and animal law, the concept of animals as property, First Amendment issues in animal experimentation, the history of animal law and the impact of globalization on animal law and advocacy. He has also authored a book on international law, comparative law, and international trade issues relating to animals entitled Globalization and Animal Law, published by Kluwer Law International. As a practicing attorney Professor Kelch has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and asset purchasers in chapter 11 cases, including representing major creditors in cases like Enron, PG&E and Mirant Energy, and presently practices bankruptcy and other business related law, and animal law.
Professor Kelch received his B.G.S. with high distinction from the University of Michigan, his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, his M.A. in Philosophy from UC Irvine, and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.