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Jeffrey S. Brand

Professor Emeritus

Jeffrey S. Brand joined the faculty at USF School of Law in 1986 and was the 17th dean of the USF School of Law from 1999-2013. Brand received his AB from UC Berkeley in 1966 and his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1969. His scholarly and professional work has focused on human rights, global justice, constitutional law, and various civil procedure and evidence issues, including recovering statutory attorney's fees in civil rights actions. As a teacher, Brand received the USF School of Law Distinguished Professor Award four times. He has taught in the fields of civil procedure, constitutional law, evidence, labor law, and remedies.

As dean, he directed the transformation of the law school's facilities, including the completion of the Dorraine Zief Law Library and a complete reconstruction of Kendrick Hall. He oversaw an expansion of the faculty, significantly increased fundraising in support of law school programs, and sharpened the law school's mission of educating minds and hearts to change the world. In particular, he expanded clinical offerings and other opportunities for students, and increased international courses, internships, and global justice programs through the Center for Law and Global Justice, which he founded in 1999 and where he continues to serve as chairman. He spearheaded numerous global justice and international legal assistance projects, including a program to promote the rule of law with justice in Cambodia (establishing an independent law school, revising law curriculum, and training judges on war crimes and general decision-making), Vietnam (training judges on labor-related issues, advising the Vietnamese Supreme Court, and providing counsel on legal education), Indonesia (dispute resolution and legislative drafting), China (labor-related issues), and East Timor (legislative drafting), among others.

After his graduation from Boalt Hall, Brand received a Robbins Fellowship to work with his mentor, Professor and former California Supreme Court Justice Frank C. Newman, on international human rights issues. He also received a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship to practice poverty law in New York's South Bronx. Thereafter, he served as a public defender in Contra Costa County and as a private criminal defense attorney. He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as an administrative law judge on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board and later became a private labor lawyer specializing in Title VII plaintiff's litigation with the firm of Fransworth, Saperstein and Brand, bringing successful class action suits against companies that included Fireman's Fund and State Farm Insurance. Brand also co-founded and was editor-in-chief of the Federal Litigator magazine. Throughout the 1990s Brand was the general managing partner of the Reno Silver Sox in the Class A California league.

  • AB, UC Berkeley
  • JD, UC Berkeley
Prior Experience
  • Dean, USF School of Law
  • Administrative Law Judge, Agricultural Labor Relations Board
  • Partner, Harrison and Brand
  • Attorney, Office of Public Defender, Contra Costa County
  • Partner, Farnsworth, Saperstein and Brand
  • Distinguished Professor Award, USF School of Law (1985, 1987, 1995, 1999)
  • Robbins Fellowship, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship, Georgetown University Law Center
"Governor Appoints Two New Judges In Alameda County"San Jose Mercury News, The Recorder, Contra Costa Times, and others07/16/15
"Has The Government Lost Sight Over Direction Of Conduct For Military Operations?"The Hill07/16/15
"Judicial Review of Planned Drone Attacks Would Save Lives"The New York Times04/24/15
"An Interview with Mildred Aristide"CounterPunch03/04/15
"Great Harvard National Security Journal Issue"Lawfare02/09/15
"‘Drone Court’ Should Approve U.S. Strikes, University of Utah Law Professor Says"The Washington Times, The Salt Lake Tribune11/28/14
Supreme Court Tackles Abortion, Affirmative Action, Guns
Broadcast featuring California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-SakauyeKLIV Radio (1590AM San Jose)02/09/12
"Amnesty, Double Jeopardy on Agenda for Tribunal Hearing"Voice of America06/26/11
"Legitimacy of Tribunal at Stake: Legal Observers"Voice of America05/24/11
"Most Diverse Law Schools"The National Jurist03/15/11
"ABA Backs Independence of Law School Clinical Courses"ABA Journal02/14/11
"Taking Their Pains to the Clinic"ABA Journal10/01/10
"Wilson Sonsini Meets Client Calls, Tries Flat Fees"San Francisco Business Times01/15/10
"Ramey Returns to Lead Law School"The Recorder03/26/09
"USF Career Panel Addresses Changing Outlook of Legal Industry"The Shark (Cal Law Blog)03/19/09
"Recessions Boost Grad Schools--Or Maybe Not"San Francisco Business Times01/09/09
"Negotiation Skills on the LSAT?"ADR Prof Blog12/18/08
"At the Anniversary of Sproul Hall Sit-In, Perspectives on Activism and Obama"510 Report12/03/08
"Testing for negotiation skills, creativity: an LSAT for the 21st century"Mediation Channel11/11/08
"Berkeley Wants Research on LSAT Alternatives to Go National"The Recorder11/07/08
"Berkeley Calls for Research into LSAT Alternative; Testing for Empathy?"Wall Street Journal blog11/05/08
"After uniform commercial code, take a course in meditation"The National Law Journal10/03/08
    Law Review and Journal Articles
    • "Eavesdropping on Our Founding Fathers: How a Return to America's Core Values Can Help Solve Today's Surveillance Crisis," 6 Harvard National Security Journal (2015). SSRN
    • "The Supreme Court, Equal Protection, and Jury Selection: Denying that Race Still Matters," 1994 Wisconsin Law Review 511 (1994).
    • "The Second Front in the Fight for Civil Rights: The Supreme Court, Congress and Statutory Fees," 69 Texas Law Review 291 (1990).
    Book Contributions
    • "A Drone Court to Rein in Executive Overreach?" in The Legitimacy of Drones: Legality, Morality and Efficacy of UCAVs for Cross-Border Counterterrorism  (Seagate Press, forthcoming). (On drone warfare with Professor Amos Guiora University of Utah College of Law. The chapter deals with judicial review of drone strikes and a proposal for a drone court.)
    • "The Commercial Law of Cambodia," in Commercial Laws in East Asia  (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1996). (Co-authored with Dolores A. Donovan.)
    Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
    Other Publications
    • Conference Proceedings, "The Impact of Legal Culture on Democratization in Developing Nations: Cambodia," Nagoya University, Japan (1996). (Co-authored with Dolores A. Donovan. Symposia explored democratization in the 1990s.).
    • Judges’ Training Materials: “Decision Making in the Courts: The Civil Case” (for Cambodia and Vietnam) (1995).
    • Wrote and edited various volumes on Cambodia commercial law and constitutional law.
    • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Delama Georges v. United Nations, A class action against the United Nation seeking remedies for the cholera epidemic that the UN brought to Haiti. It's filed on behalf of the 800,000 infected and 9,000 dead from the epidemic. (2014) (No. 1:13-cv-07146-JPO).
    Court Citation of Research
      • Presenter, "Health and Human Rights in a Time of Cholera," University of  Aristede, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (November 2013).
      • Moderator, "Commonwealth Club Conversation with Tani Cantil-Sakayue, California Supreme Court Chief Justice," San Francisco, Calif. (January 2012).
      • Moderator, "Susan N. Herman, ACLU President: The War on Terror and the Erosion of Democracy," San Francisco, Calif. (October 2011).
      • Moderator, "Law & Reorder: Legal Industry Trends and the Future of the Profession," Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe LLP, San Francisco, Calif. (March 2011).
      • Presenter, half-day seminars seminar on industrial relations and labor law at the University of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, Hanoi, Vietnam (June 2010).
      • Moderator, "Cultural, Political, Religious, Historical Context," University of San Francisco Haiti Teach-In, (April 2010).
      • Panelist, University of San Francisco School of Law Constitution Day, (September 2005). (Video Recording)
      • Presenter, "The Human Right to Health in a Time of Cholera," University of the Aristede Foundation in Port au Prince Haiti, Port Au Prince, Haiti
      Testimony and Hearings
        Written Testimony and Commentary
          Advisor or Consultant
          • Senior International Advisor to the Sleuk Rith Institute in Phnom Penh which is a yet-to-open Institute dedicated to genocide studies, genocide documentation (the Institute grows out of the work of the Documentation Center of Cambodia). The Institute will also host a museum and research and documentation center. Currently the curriculum for Certificate and Masters programs is being devised.
          • Brand has been consulting with long-time Cambodian partner, the Cambodian Genocide Project, about the curriculum for the new genocide university, research center, and museum, Sleuk Rith, slated to be built shortly. Read More
          • Jeff is one of the counsel in a class action law suit in the Southern District of New York alleging that the UN and its mission to Haiti are responsible for the cholera outbreak which has killed 8,000 and infected 750,000 to date. (While in Haiti, Jeff met with the Haitian lawyers assisting on the case, including Mario Joseph to whom we gave an honorary degree in 2012.)
          • Brand worked with the Aristede Foundation to develop a law faculty at the University of the Aristede Foundation, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Co-Counsel Prof. Dede Donovan) Read More
          Symposia Organization
            Professional Membership
                Other Service
                • Organizer, University of San Francisco Haiti Teach-In (April 2010). (Brand spearheaded the teach-in on behalf of the Provost Council.)