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Brenda M. Simon

October 22, 2015

Brenda M. Simon

Associate Professor of Law

J.D., University of California, Berkeley (intellectual property certificate);

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude

While studying chemistry as an undergrad, Professor Brenda M. Simon was drawn to the analytical aspects of science. After an internship with the District Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, she was inspired to go to law school and combine her passions for science and legal analysis. After attending law school at Berkeley, Professor Simon learned how to apply the law practically, working as an intellectual property attorney for more than five years and then joining Stanford Law School as a teaching fellow. Her research has been published in leading legal and scientific journals. 

In her five-year Thomas Jefferson Law teaching career, Professor Simon has taught Property I, Property II, Patent Law, Mastering the Performance Test, and Scholarly Legal Writing, as well as in the IP Practicum. Professor Simon believes in being a partner in learning with her students. She approaches each topic as if it was new to her, and makes it accessible and understandable through discussion, exercises, and problem solving. 

Professor Simon cherishes the opportunity to interact with a diverse student body with a wide range of life experiences. “I am proud of their accomplishments—starting with seeing them pass the bar and then become successful attorneys,” Professor Simon says. 

More information about Professor Simon can be found here.