Faculty

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 the founding 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 (ASIL) 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 Jerome (K.J.) Greene is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Greene is a native New Yorker and a former United States Marine. Following graduation from Yale Law School with highest honors, he clerked for Justice James Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court and was awarded honors for outstanding service to the court. He then practiced law at the premier Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he represented Time-Warner/HBO. He subsequently joined the New York firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz, where he represented clients in the entertainment industry, including director Spike Lee, the rap group Public Enemy, Geraldo Rivera and singer Bobby Brown.

Since joining the TJSL faculty, Professor Greene has developed a national reputation as an intellectual property scholar, where his work was among the first to explore the intersection of race, culture and intellectual property. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on copyright law, trademark law and celebrity rights of publicity in connection with the music and motion picture industries in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Hastings Entertainment and Communications Law Journal, and Syracuse University Law Review,among others. He was selected a “Top Attorney” in San Diego in the field of intellectual property in 2005.

Professor Greene speaks regularly before leading intellectual property law groups, including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the Practicing Law Institute and the Intellectual Property Scholar’s Conference and at leading academic institutions around the country. He has served on the boards of the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and San Diego Lawyer Magazine, and is an officer of the Soka Gaki Institute (“SGI”), a Buddhist lay organization.

Amy Day is an Assistant Professor of Lawyering at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Professor Day worked in political communications, serving as the deputy press secretary on the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Steve Grossman. As a law student, she worked as a student attorney in the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic. After graduation, she was a litigator in the Washington, DC office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. There, she continued to focus her pro bono work on representing low-income clients in domestic relations matters, including high-conflict child custody matters involving domestic violence and child sexual abuse. As a military spouse, Professor Day has a special interest in family law matters affecting service members and their families. She joined TJSL in the Spring of 2010 as an Adjunct Professor, and in 2012 her students recognized her passion for teaching by voting her Adjunct Professor of the Year.

At Berkeley, Professor Aaron Schwabach was an associate editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly. After graduation, he clerked with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, working on employer sanctions and anti-discrimination cases arising under IRCA. Professor Schwabach then taught at the University of Miami School of Law and Gonzaga University School of Law before coming to TJSL. He has published books and articles on topics including international environmental law, intellectual property, Internet law, immigration policy, the life of Thomas Jefferson and the law of Harry Potter. Professor Schwabach’s courses include; Computer & Internet Law, International Environmental Law, and Property I & II.

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, 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.

Mark Kuan-Hsi Wang is a 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 a Professor of Law at Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University.  He currently serves as the head of 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 International Economic Law Section, Law Society of Zhejiang Province.