Faculty

Susan W. Tiefenbrun is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Professor Tiefenbrun has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, a Ph.D in French from Columbia University summa cum laude, a Master of Science from Wisconsin University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wisconsin University (Phi Beta Kappa as a junior) where she majored in French, Russian, and Education. Professor Tiefenbrun taught French language and literature for many years in Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She now teaches international law in Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she is the Director of the Center for Global Legal Studies and the founding Director of the LL.M. Programs in International Trade and in American Legal Studies. She practiced law and worked on international business transactions at Coudert Brothers in New York for many years. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she continues to direct and teach in the study abroad program in France (which she founded twenty-three years ago) and in China (which she founded ten years ago). For her efforts at fostering educational and cultural cooperation between France and the United States, she was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal by President Jacques Chirac in 2003. Her special interests are international law, corporate law, securities law, international intellectual property, women and international human rights law, and law and literature. She is the President of the Law and Humanities Institute West Coast Branch. She has written extensively on human trafficking as a form of contemporary slavery. She speaks ten foreign languages including Mandarin, Chinese. Among her numerous written works are a book-length study of Chinese, Russian and Eastern European joint venture laws and numerous articles on international intellectual property, international law issues, and human trafficking. She has edited three books on law and the arts, war crimes, and legal ethics. Her most recent books are Decoding International Law: Semiotics and the Humanities (Oxford Press, 2010), Women’s International and Comparative Human Rights (Carolina Academic Press, 2012) and Tax-Free-Trade Zones of the World and in the United States (Edward Elgar Press, 2012). The courses Professor Tiefenbrun teaches include: Business Associations, European Union Law, International Business Transactions, International Human Rights, International Law and the Humanities, Securities Law, and Women and International Human Rights Law.

Professor Bisom-Rapp is an internationally known scholar in the field of comparative workplace law, who writes about globalization, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and the rights of migrants. She is co-author of the path-breaking casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law - Cases and Materials, which was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and in 2012 appeared in its second edition in Wolters Kluwer’s Aspen Casebook Series. Her latest book, Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Professor Bisom-Rapp is author or co-author of 23 articles and several book chapters, including a contribution in the recently published anthology Age and Equality Law(Michael Selmi, ed., Ashgate 2013). Her work has earned over 300 citations by scholars in the disciplines of law, sociology, and psychology. A member of the American Law Institute since 2007, Professor Bisom-Rapp also serves on the scientific committee and the  international council of the Doctoral Research School in Labour, Development and Innovation at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is a senior academic affiliate of the University of California, San Diego's Center for Research on Gender in the Professions, and also serves on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. At the law school, she is presently faculty co-coordinator of the Employee Rights Self-Help Clinic, which launched in July 2013. She served as director of Thomas Jefferson’s Center for Law and Social Justice from 2004-2008, was Visiting Associate Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003, and has taught law in China, France, and Italy.

Professor Bisom-Rapp has also served as a member of the San Diego-based Employee Rights Center's professional advisory committee. Before joining Thomas Jefferson’s faculty in 1996, Professor Bisom-Rapp practiced workplace law in New York City, and completed graduate studies at Columbia University as a Wien Fellow and with funding from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

 

Randy M. Grossman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he has taught Sports Law since 2000 and also teaches Trial Practice. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Professor Grossman is certified as a player agent by the Major League Baseball Player’s Association and represents former players as well, such as Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and 7-time All-Star Tim Raines. During the course of his career, he has worked with players ranging from Hank Aaron to Willie Mays.

During a career in sports that spans more than 25 years, Professor Grossman began as a sportscaster for an NBC television affiliate on the nightly news. From there, he went to work for former L.A. Dodger and San Diego Padre Steve Garvey, who had a sports marketing company, where Professor Grossman was exposed to the world of corporate marketing and endorsements for professional athletes. During this period, he worked with clients such as Magic Johnson, Tony Gwynn and Robin Ventura, pairing them with companies such as Canon, Xerox and Rawlings.

Professor Grossman is the TJSL faculty advisor for the Sports Law Society, the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, PAD Mock Trial Competitions in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. and the National Baseball Arbitration Competition held at Tulane  University Law School. He is a frequent lecturer on sports and the law and has given presentations at the University of San Diego School of Law, Cal Western School of Law, La Faculté de Droit des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion in Nice, France and taught International Sports Law during the summer abroad program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

He also practices law in the areas of contract litigation and criminal defense, where he has tried many high profile cases ranging from bank theft to murder. Professor Grossman is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States District Court for the Southern District and the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Grossman has traveled to Africa and China on Major League Baseball goodwill tours. He has attended Major League Baseball games at 29 of the 30 current stadiums. He counts meeting the President of the United States in the Oval Office as one of his most memorable professional achievements.

 

Richard Winchester has anchored the tax program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law since 2003. Now a leading authority on federal employment tax policy, he was elected into the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2010. He spent most of 2012 in Tunisia as a Fulbright Scholar teaching Financing International Trade at the University of Carthage.

He entered law teaching after working for a decade as a corporate tax planner, helping privately owned and publicly-traded companies structure their business operations and financial transactions. Although his career initially focused on multi-state taxation, he spent his final years in practice as an international tax attorney in the national tax office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising both U.S. firms investing abroad and foreign firms investing in the U.S.

Professor Winchester is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. He later clerked for Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Consistently active in civic matters, he has led grassroots political organizations in Pennsylvania and also helped rewrite the charter for the city of Bowie, Maryland. He now serves on the Executive Board of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He also co-chairs the San Diego Committee of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.