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Susan W. Tiefenbrun is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She received her J.D. from New York University Law School, a Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University, an M.A. and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin where she was Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated magna cum laude. Professor Tiefenbrun is Director of the Center of Global Legal Studies at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Director of the LL.M. Programs in International Trade and Investment and American Legal Studies for foreign lawyers. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, by Presidential Decree from the Republic of France on July 7, 2003. She was awarded for her service to legal education from the San Diego County Bar Association on April 3, 2004. She was appointed to the Book Awards Committee of the American Society of International Law in 2003 and re-appointed in 2004, and she has been a member of ASIL since l999. She was appointed Master and Scholar in Residence of the Oliver Wendell Holmes American Inns of Court from 2002 to the present. Her special interests are international law, international business transactions, international intellectual property, international human rights law, and law and literature. She has written a book-length study of Soviet laws and Eastern European joint venture laws, numerous articles on international intellectual property and piracy, the World Court, ad hoc courts,  and international human rights, as well as global sex trafficking. She has edited three books on law and the arts, war crimes and legal ethics. She has published three books recently:  Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), Tax Free Trade Zones of the World and in the United States (Edward Elgar Press, 2012), and Women’s International and Comparative Human Rights (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). She is President of the Law & Humanities Institute West-coast Branch. She lectures in English, French and Russian on private international law transactions and international trade. Professor Tiefenbrun speaks ten foreign languages. Professor Tiefenbrun is the founding director of the China Program in Hangzhou, China.


Kevin (K.J.) Greene is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Kevin Jerome “K.J.” Greene is a native New Yorker and a former U.S. Marine. Professor Greene teaches Contracts, Entertainment Law, and Music Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.  Before joining the faculty as the first intellectual property professor, Greene graduated from the Yale Law School and clerked for a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  After admission to the New York bar, he joined the premier Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York, where he represented Time-Warner/HBO in cable television litigation. He subsequently practiced at the New York Entertainment Law boutique, Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz, where he represented clients such as the film director Spike Lee, singer Bobby Brown, and the seminal rap group Public Enemy.


Professor Greene is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of intellectual property (“IP”) and entertainment law, and has extensive publications, articles and book chapters on music, film and celebrity rights and copyright, trademark and right of publicity law in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Hastings Journal of Entertainment Law and Communications, and others.  His article “Intellectual Property Expansion: The Good, the Bad and the Right of Publicity” in the Chapman Law Review was selected the best IP article of 2008.  His IP scholarship has been the subject of symposia at Georgetown Law School, New York Law School and Syracuse Law School.

Professor Greene was selected by peers in the bar as one of the top ten IP attorneys in San Diego, and regularly speaks before groups such as the American Bar Association’s IP section, the American Association of Law Schools, the Black Entertainment and Sports Law Society, the International Trademark Association and others.  Professor Greene currently serves as copyright counsel on the legal team representing funk legend George Clinton in Mr. Clinton’s battle to regain his copyrights.  An amateur stand-up comic, Greene took first-place honors in the charitable comedy competition “Laf-Off” (“Lawyers Are Funny”) in 2009.


Luz Herrera is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prof. Herrera is an attorney, a professor and an innovator.  She teaches professional responsibility, wills & trusts and has been instrumental in the development of the Small Business Law Center and the self-help clinics at TJSL. Prof. Herrera advocates training programs that support public spirited, entrepreneurial lawyers in their efforts to launch successful law practices that assist clients and seek to strengthen communities.  Her efforts are informed by her service with other organizations that have a pulse on legal service delivery in California and across the United States.  She serves as chair for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities and has served on boards of the California Rural Legal Assistance, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee for the Delivery of Legal Services, and the California Lawyer magazine. Prof. Herrera is the founder of Community Lawyers, Inc. – a community based organization in Compton. Her scholarship focuses on developing stronger infrastructure within the legal profession to support community–based lawyers and their clients. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.


Leah Christensen is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Christensen is a nationally respected teaching and learning expert. Her main scholarship interest focuses on how students learn most effectively in the law school classroom. She possesses particular expertise in the fields of law school pedagogy, cognitive psychology, legal reading and learning disabilities, and has published two books and several articles examining the correlation between the way in which law students read and learn the law, and their success in law school. Professor Christensen is currently drafting a new type of casebook for Professional Responsibility that focuses on the “uncasebook” method of learning the law. Professor Christensen has spoken about a wide variety of law teaching, learning and curriculum design topics as a conference presenter and as an invited speaker at law schools around the nation. She is currently working to design an innovative and experiential Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program at TJSL that provides all students with the necessary skills and support to succeed in law school and beyond.


Yongxin Song is a Professor of Law at Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law. He earned his LL.M. from Beijing University Department of Law and also has a degree in western languages and literature from Beijing University. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Indiana where he did research on American business law. He teaches international law, comparative business organizations, the law of the WTO, Chinese commercial law, international economic law, legal English, and an introduction to the Chinese legal system. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities outside of China: Griffith University School of Law in Australia, American University Washington College of Law, Marshall University at the John Deaver Drinko Academy, Capital University Law and Graduate Center, and Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Song has written several books including a Guide to the Law of International Economic Organizations, Unincorporated Business Organizations of the United States, A Concise Dictionary of International Law, and Private International Law, among others. He has also written many scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects including the international human rights obligations of multinational corporations, the application of the comparative fault principle to contracts in China, Chinese partnership law, a new type of limited liability company in the United States, some unique features of the Chinese law of corporations, and China’s new bankruptcy law and its English translation. Professor Song is an active participant in the establishment of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law joint venture in international law.


Hongdao Qian is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and earned a post-doctorate degree in economics. He is the first post-doctorate scholar doing research on the intersection of law and economics. He undertakes an economic analysis of law from the new point of view of Chinese characteristics, and has done theoretical work on corporate law, economic law, and comparative law. Before joining Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University as a professor of law, Professor Qian was a scholar and professor in the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, and a senior visiting scholar of Waseda University in 2001. He was also the administrative assistant editor of the Chinese Academic Yearbook, vice-chairman of the China Society of Comparative Law, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the China Venture Capital Co., Ltd., commissioner of the Investment Decision Committee, director and vice dean of China Venture Capital Research Institute, and chairman of the Society of Commercial Law of Zhejiang Province, China.


Leslie Kuan-Hsi Wang is the Assistant Dean and  Professor  of Law at the Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou, China and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Shizouka University Law School in Shizouka, Japan. Professor Wang has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the U.S. and the Soochow University Law School in Taipei, Taiwan and a postdoctoral researcher at the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, China.


Jun Zhao is an Associate Professor at Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University.  He currently serves as the head of the Research Institute of International Law at  Zhejiang University.  He earned his J.D. at Cornell Law School, LL.M. at Harvard Law School, and LL.B. at Zhejiang University.  Before joining Guanghua Law School, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, East Asian Legal Studies.  He also worked as a corporate associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. and Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, where he focused his practice on mergers, acquisitions, private equity, public offerings, and private placements.  He has published widely on international economic law and comparative law in top journals.  He is a Director and Deputy Secretary-General of the Commercial Law Section, Law Society of Zhejiang Province.  He also serves as a Director of the International Economic Law Section, Law Society of Zhejiang Province.