Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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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 former 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-one years ago) and in China (which she founded eight 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). She is fluent in French.


Madeline Kass is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Prior to joining the TJSL faculty in the fall of 2003, Professor Kass practiced law for close to a decade in the Seattle offices of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe where her practice focused primarily in the areas of land use and environmental compliance and litigation. Prior to entering private practice, she conducted immunology research at Harvard Medical School, served as the Research Editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal and clerked for the Massachusetts State Superior Court.


She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Natural Resources Section, on the Editorial Board of the ABA’s NATIONAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT publication, as a Vice-Chair of the ABA Endangered Species Committee, and as a faculty advisor for the TJSL Environmental Law Society and Outlaw student organizations. She has also served on the Editorial Board of the Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter, as Chair of the Public Interest Grant Selection Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association of Washington (QLaw), and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Seattle School of Law. Her primary areas of teaching and scholarship are environmental and natural resources law.


Aaron Schwabach is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  At Berkeley, Professor 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.


Steven Semeraro joined the TJSL faculty in 1999, became Associate Dean in 2002 and returned to the general faculty in 2007. After graduating from Stanford Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then practiced with a private firm in Washington, D.C.  In 1994, he joined the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he led civil antitrust investigations of the optical disc and credit card industries. In 1996, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern Division of Virginia, prosecuting criminal cases.


In 2003, he authored the Law Professors’ Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Verizon v. Trinko. He currently serves as the Book Review Editor of the American Journal of Legal History and the antitrust & competition expert for the Ethics & Compliance Alliance. He previously taught as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and at Georgetown Law School. He has published numerous articles primarily in the fields of antitrust and criminal law.