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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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 Weighing In

Comments on "Professor William Cohen"


 Legal Aggregates

Global community should respond to Middle East refugee crisis now, Stanford expert says


 Video and Podcast Vault

Faculty On Point | Professor Buzz Thompson on the Need for Policy Changes to Foster New Water Tech and Combat Drought


 The Cutting Edge

Students Simulate Security Crises to Learn About Legal Implications


Our class was either the first or second to have Professor Cohen, and we didn’t quite, or maybe just the classmates I was close to, didn’t quite know what to make of him. But I still remember him, and his self defacing humor. The story of his end [...]

- John Nys


Conflicts in the Middle East have spawned a refugee crisis that the global community must address decisively, a Stanford expert says. Thousands of migrants have already died this year trying to make the journey to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East. This week, the European Commission is expected [...]

Clifton B. Parker


Professor Buzz Thompson discusses California’s historic drought and the urgent need for policy changes that encourage real conservation, better management of the state’s water system, and incentives to foster new water technology research. Here he sites research done at Stanford as an example, where new technology has been developed to [...]

Go the Video post page

In March, Stanford students participated in a two-day terrorism and national security simulation exercise that was hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center. The event, which was developed by Georgetown Professor of Law Laura Donohue, JD ’07, aimed to better prepare law students for difficult national security situations. “There is [...]


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.


Wednesday, May 27

Stanford Law School Students Ride “Justice Bus” To Provide Legal Services To Veterans

Just call it mobile justice. Six Stanford Law School students recently hit the road in an effort to deliver legal services to veterans in San Joaquin County. Desley Horton, LLM ’15, Jeffrey Lash […]
Wednesday, May 13

Stanford Law School Students Embrace ‘Collective Intelligence,’ Will Deliver First-Ever ‘WikiSpeech’ at Graduation

Millennials have grown up in a world full of mass collaboration, surrounded by projects like Wikipedia that harness what’s been called the “wisdom of crowds.” With that concept in mind, Stanford […]