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Sandra L. Rierson

Sandra L. Rierson

Visiting Associate Professor of Law



Sandra L. Rierson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA 1989; Yale Law School, JD 1992, is a Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a Visiting Associate Professor at California Western School of Law for the 2021/2022 academic year. After graduating from law school, where she was the symposium editor of the Yale Law Journal, Prof. Rierson clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Gadbois, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, California. 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. Professor Rierson’s scholarship is in the areas of trademark law, legal history, and women’s history. She teaches Civil Procedure I and II, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and a seminar entitled Slavery’s Imprint on the U.S. Constitution.

  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Civil Procedure I and II
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
  • Slavery's Imprint on the U.S. Consitution

Selected Publications

  • Sandra L. Rierson, Tracing the Roots of the Thirteenth Amendment, 91 umkc law review __ (forthcoming 2022).
  • Sandra L. Rierson, The Wilmington Massacre and Coup of 1898 and the Search for Restorative Justice, 14 Elon L. Rev. 117 (2022) (with Melanie Schwimmer).
  • Sandra L. Rierson, Fugitive Slaves and Undocumented Immigrants:  Testing the Boundaries of our Federalism,  74 Miami Univ. L. Rev. 598 (2020). 

Book Chapter

  • U.S. Anti-Dilution Law in its Historical and Contemporary Context, in CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE TRADEMARK LAW, Cambridge University Press, Jane C. Ginsburg and Irene Calboli eds. (2020).