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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 "Ebola: The Tolling Bell"


 Legal Aggregates

Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, Stanford Law study finds


 Video and Podcast Vault

Zero to One: Alum Peter Thiel’s New Book on the Secret of Successful Start-Ups


 The Cutting Edge

Stanford Law’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project Releases English Translation of Afghan Civil Code


“When it hit Monrovia, the slum-ridden, million-person capital of Liberia, an explosion was probably inevitable …” Well, you might say a similar thing about e.g. the Bronx. The first person reporting to a hospital with a fever and a headache will likely be misdiagnosed and put into a general ward [...]

- Maureen Coffey


  This story was written by Bjorn Carey and was published Nov. 14 in the online edition of the Stanford Report. Right-to-carry or concealed-carry laws have generated much debate in the past two decades – do they make society safer or more dangerous? While there is no federal law on concealed-carry [...]


Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal and was the first major investor in Facebook, shared business tips from his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, with students and alumni at Stanford on Sept. 29, 2014. He also recalled his days at [...]

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The Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) publicly releases its English translation of the Afghan Civil Code this week. This is very significant for the legal and private sectors in Afghanistan, which have been operating without reliable English translations of two of the country’s three most important sources of law (the others [...]

Megan Karsh, JD '09, Rule of Law Fellow


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, November 19

Proposition 47’s Successful Implementation Depends on New Alliances, Say Prison Reformers

“Now the real work begins,” said Michael Romano, director of Stanford’s Three Strikes Project at a forum on California’s recent prison reform initiatives held Tuesday at Stanford Law School. O […]
Thursday, November 13

Stanford Law professors suggest ways to close the gender gap in law schools

This story was written by Clifton Parker and was published Nov. 11 in the online edition of the Stanford Report. Reducing class sizes and reforming grading systems may help reduce the gender gap in p […]