Go Mobile | RSS | SLS Website Fall  2014, Issue #91
Stanford Lawyer
Civil Liberties and Law in the Era of Surveillance

Civil Liberties and Law in the Era of Surveillance

It may no longer be an exaggeration to say that big brother is watching. When Edward Snowden leaked classified government documents last year, many were surprised to learn just how much access the National Security Agency (NSA) has to the personal email and phone records of ordinary citizens.

Read more

IP Law and Innovation with Mark A. Lemley and A. Douglas Melamed

IP Law and Innovation with Mark A. Lemley and A. Douglas Melamed

Two of IP law's top scholars and practitioners discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court cases and challenges facing the field.

Read more

Debra Zumwalt, JD ’79; The Chief Legal Officer at the Farm

Debra Zumwalt, JD ’79; The Chief Legal Officer at the Farm

As vice president and general counsel of Stanford University, Debra Zumwalt is at the helm of a vast operation. Learn how she is helping to manage one of the world's top incubators of young talent.

Read more

Joan Petersilia: A Life’s Work Focusing on America’s Prison Challenges

Joan Petersilia: A Life’s Work Focusing on America’s Prison Challenges

The official commendation explaining the selection of Joan Petersilia for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology begins, “Your research has provided compelling evidence on the staggering needs of American prisoners returning to their communities, and the importance of their reintegration for public safety.”

Read more

Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability

Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability

This year’s Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability was given to Art Sterritt, who has played a critical role in establishing and protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. The $100,000 international prize, now in its second year, is given annually by Stanford Law School. Judges for the prize noted that the protected ecosystem that Sterritt helped to establish accounts for a quarter of the world’s remaining coastal temperate rainforests.

Read more

 Weighing In

Comments on "The Hobby Lobby Decision"

 

 Legal Aggregates

Computer Crime and Security Expert Jennifer Granick on New Bills Proposed by White House for Online Security and Her Suggestions for Priorities to Achieve a More Secure Internet

 

 Video and Podcast Vault

Faculty on Point: Professor Jeffrey Fisher on Digital Privacy and the Riley Decision

 

 The Cutting Edge

Up for Discussion: Should Criminal Lawyers Engage in Crowdsourcing Criminal Investigations?

 

Title: Too convenient an argument? Response by Paul Bator, Stanford Lecturer, to: “The Hobby Lobby Decision” by Professor Michael McConnell Stanford Lawyer Issue 91 Point of View Along the same lines as Justice Alito’s majority opinion, Prof. Michael McConnell (The Hobby Lobby Decision” Point of View, Issue 91) puts forth an [...]

- Paul Bator

 

On February 13, 2015 Stanford University hosted a White House Summit on Cybersecurity with President Barack Obama and key members of the administration participating. Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and an expert in computer crime and security, participated in a summit [...]

 

Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher, lead counsel in the digital privacy case Riley v. California, discusses preparing the case and implications of this landmark U.S. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment decision going forward.

Go the Video post page
 

Are we seeing a new model of legal advocacy in which lawyers turn to the crowd for help in raising funds, interest, and even finding evidence? There are apps and websites that have online crowds investigating criminal cases. The site Reddit attracted an active community of people gathering evidence, forwarding [...]

 
     

From the Dean

By Liz Magill

The term “epicenter” refers to the point on the Earth’s surface that is directly above the point where an earthquake or underground explosion originates.

We all know that the word epicenter is frequently used outside the context of seismic events. In fact, those who police our language grumble about its overuse.

I cannot count the number of times I have been told that Stanford University and Silicon Valley are the epicenter of the digital revolution, but I don’t think even those who are serious about the use of language should complain. It’s true, there is no surface point that can be matched to a subsurface point of disruption, but this region and this school have created something that is easily analogous to an earthquake—a shaking and shifting of the earth, with unpredictable aftershocks. Of course, it is only an analogy because, unlike seismic disasters, the digital revolution has created countless goods. But it has also created some new concerns.

Our feature story in this issue zeros in on one set of those concerns—the way in which the digital revolution has changed the relationship between the citizen and the state. The world that we now take for granted creates the possibility of wide-scale government surveillance of huge populations and the possibility that law enforcement can reach into every nook and cranny of our lives. Not surprisingly, those at Stanford Law School are at the center of many of the most pressing debates over this new reality and they are featured in our cover story.

News

Friday, February 27

Stanford Law School Jessup Moot Court Students Win Regional Championship, Advance To International Rounds

Stanford Law School Jessup Moot Court students will soon go where no other SLS Jessup team has gone before–to the White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moo […]
Monday, February 9

Colleagues Honor Stanford Law School Professor Richard Craswell with Festschrift

Some of the nation’s most respected scholars in the field of contract law gathered at a “festschrift” symposium last weekend to celebrate the exceptional contributions of Stanford Law School Pro […]