Thomas V. Burch

Director, Appellate Litigation Clinic

B.A., B.B.A., Mississippi State University
J.D., Florida State University


Appellate Litigation Clinic
Appellate Advocacy
Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar

Biographical Information: 

Thomas V. Burch joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011 after starting his academic career as an assistant visiting professor at the Florida State University College of Law in 2009. He supervises the law school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.

As part of the clinic, Burch helps students prepare briefs and oral arguments in cases before the federal circuit courts of appeals. He also helps students represent clients before federal district courts, the U.S. Office of the Pardon Attorney and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Burch teaches Appellate Advocacy in the fall semester to second-year students, helping them improve their brief writing and oral argument skills. In the spring semester, he teaches a seminar on alternative dispute resolution. He has published several articles on arbitration that have appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the American Arbitration Association Handbook on Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution Journal

Before entering the legal academy in 2009, Burch was a litigation associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Ga.; Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Ala.; and Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee, Fla. Burch earned bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and finance, both from Mississippi State University. He earned his law degree from Florida State University, where he served as legislative editor of the Florida State University Law Review

Bar Memberships:

  • Georgia Bar (active)
  • Alabama Bar (active)
  • Florida Bar (inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Publications & Activities


What Do Appellate Clinics Do?, 35 App. Prac. (2016).

Regulating Mandatory Arbitration, 2011 Utah L. Rev 1309 (2011).

Manifest Disregard and the Imperfect Procedural Justice of Arbitration, 59 Kan. L. Rev. 47 (2010).

The Effect of Forum Selection Clauses on District Courts' Authority to Compel Arbitration, AAA Dispute Res. J. (Nov.-Jan. ed. 2006) (with John Hinchey).

An Arbitrator's Authority to Award Bad Faith Attorney Fees,  AAA Dispute Res. J. (May-July ed. 2005) (with John Hinchey) (Reprinted in AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION HANDBOOK ON ARBITRATION PRACTICE (Carbonneau and Jaeggi, eds., 2010)).

Necessity Never Made a Good Bargain: When Consumer Arbitration Agreements Prohibit Class Relief, 31 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1005 (2004).

Georgia General Assembly Adopts "Manifest Disregard" as a Ground for Vacating Arbitration Awards: How Will Georgia Courts Treat the New Standard?, Ga. Bar J. 10 (Feb. 2004) (with John Hinchey).

"Doublethink"ing Privacy under the Multi-State Antiterrorism Information Exchange, 29 Seton Hall Legis. J. 147 (2004).

Non-State Actors in the Nuclear Black Market: Proposing an International Legal Framework for Preventing Nuclear Expertise Proliferation & Nuclear Smuggling by Non-State Actors, 2 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 84 (2004).