Sandra L. Rierson

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Sandra Rierson
Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School;
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, summa cum laude
Phone: (619) 961-4297

Professor Rierson joined the TJSL faculty in the fall of 2002. After graduating from law school, where she was the symposium editor of the Yale Law Journal, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Gadbois, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Professor Rierson subsequently practiced law with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, also in Los Angeles, where she became a partner in 1998. Her litigation practice focused on intellectual property and employment law, government contracts and general business disputes.

She also has taught at the University of San Diego School of Law. Professor Rierson’s scholarship is in the areas of legal history and women’s history, intellectual property and civil procedure.

Courses include:

Advanced Trademark Seminar, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Legal Writing, Trademark & Unfair Competition Law.

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Towards a More Coherent Doctrine of Trade Mark Genericism and Functionality: Focusing on Fair Competition, 27 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 691 (2017)

The Myth and Reality of Dilution, Duke L. & Tech. Rev. (2012)

The Thirteenth Amendment as a Model for Revolution, 35 Vt. L. Rev. 765 (2011)

Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and the Puzzle of Remedies, 8 Wake Forest Intell. Prop. L.J. 433 (2008)

IP Remedies after Ebay: Assessing the Impact on Trademark Law, 2 Akron Intell. Prop. J. 163 (2008)

Confronting the Genericism Conundrum, 28 Cardozo L. Rev. 1789 (with Deven R. Desai, 2007)

Comstock Act (1873), in 1 Major Acts of Congress 166 (Brian K. Landsberg, ed. Macmillan Reference USA: Thomson/Gale 2004)

Race and Gender Discrimination: A Historical Case For Equal Treatment Under the Fourteenth Amendment, 1 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 89 (1994)

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Civil Procedure & Litigation

  • Appellate Practice
  • California Civil Procedure
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts and Jurisdiction

Communication Law

  • Cyberspace/Internet Law

Intellectual Property

  • Computer & Internet Law
  • Copyright
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition

Legal History

Legal Writing