Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Nice ProgramNice Program

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 years ago) and in China (which she founded seven 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).

 

Ilene Durst is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Professor Durst’s scholarly interests focus on language and narrative theory, with particular application to appellate advocacy, immigration law and the literary representation of the legal culture. She joined the TJSL faculty in 1994, after extensive litigation and immigration law experience with law firms and public service organizations in New York, a judicial clerkship with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, State of New York, and adjunct teaching at New York Law School and University of California, Irvine.

 

Marybeth Herald is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  After graduating from Harvard Law School, and clerking with the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Professor Herald worked as a staff attorney at Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. She then began a private law firm in the Mariana Islands, engaging in a general law practice for six years with an emphasis in trial and appellate work. She served as counsel to several public agencies and corporations. She joined the TJSL faculty in 1991 and served as Associate Dean from 1994 to 2002.  Her primary teaching area is constitutional law, including comparative constitutional law and advanced constitutional law. Professor Herald newest work is Your Brain and Law School (2014), a book which translates the latest research on the brain into practical and entertaining advice for students in law school. She has also published numerous articles exploring constitutional issues relating to the First Amendment, gender, the intersection of law and psychology, and the legal and political status of U.S. territories. Her most recent articles discuss cognitive biases implicit in judicial decisions about gender.

 

Maurice Dyson is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Following graduation from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Professor Dyson practiced law with the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities and leverage buyouts valued at approximately $166 billion. Professor Dyson has also participated in the landmark school finance litigation and in federal civil rights enforcement as the Special Projects team attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) where he was recognized for his work in inter-district funding cases.  A member of the Bar of the U.S Supreme Court, he has also served as the national chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Education Law, the national executive board member of the AALS Section of Minority Groups, and a program coordinator of the Merrill Lynch Philanthropic Foundation recognized by the White House.  In addition, he has served as educational policy adviser to the Texas State Legislature Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance, and has taught law on the faculties of Columbia University, the City University of New York, and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Professor Dyson is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious King's Crown Award, the Kluge Award, the Albert Roothbert Endowment, the Lester A. and Stella Porter Russell Endowment, the Society of the Order of the Barristers, the Taft Samuel Carpenter Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 50 under 50 most influential law professors national list. Professor Dyson has also published Our Promise, a new book analyzing educational policy and numerous articles in education, civil rights, game theory, government, constitutional law, sociology and critical race theory, among others.  He is also the faculty co-founder of the Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond (CLIMB) program, an educational pipeline mentorship initiative with Crawford High School that recently won the California State Bar Diversity Award for Excellence.