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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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 Legal Aggregates

Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

 

 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

 

We are so shocked to find the news Paul is gone, and sending a message from Tokyo, Japan. In the summer of 2013, when we vis ited the Stanford Law Library to research how to renovate our library, Paul gave us so many suggestions on the importance of the support in [...]

- Mamoru Kumamoto, Keiko Kanazawa

 

This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on April 24, 2015. While the U.S. legal system has many virtues, it also has glaring flaws. One of its chief failures is access: Most of us in America simply can’t afford the help of a lawyer that is so often necessary for [...]

Oliver Goodenough, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and visiting scholar at Stanford’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatics

 

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 [...]

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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.

News

Tuesday, April 14

Stanford Law School Mourns Loss of Professor Emeritus William Cohen

William Cohen, the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School, died April 11 at age 81 after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years. After earning hi […]
Monday, April 13

Daphne Keller to Direct Intermediary Liability Project at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society

This announcement comes from Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. Stanford Law School today announced the appointment of Daphne Keller as Director of Intermediary Liability at The Center […]