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The only program of its breadth and depth at a law school, the Policy Lab is tackling real-world challenges ranging from tax code reform to childhood obesity to wildlife trafficking, with students gaining valuable experience in policy analysis where lawyers often contribute but law schools offer little to no preparation.

Law and Policy Lab: Tackling Timely Policy Challenges

The only program of its breadth and depth at a law school, the Policy Lab is tackling real-world challenges ranging from tax code reform to childhood obesity to wildlife trafficking, with students gaining valuable experience in policy analysis where lawyers often contribute but law schools offer little to no preparation.

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Brest has influenced generations of lawyers as their teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend. After more than a decade-long hiatus, he has settled back into academic life at Stanford, with a full-time course load—and, of course,  leading the effort to get the practicums up and running.

Paul Brest

Brest has influenced generations of lawyers as their teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend. After more than a decade-long hiatus, he has settled back into academic life at Stanford, with a full-time course load—and, of course, leading the effort to get the practicums up and running.

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Law students are taking advantage of the many resources available at Stanford to support their ambitions—including a candy store-like array of courses and programs, all aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. At Stanford Law, the second and third years are turning out to be opportunities not just for clinics and practicums, but also to learn how to start a company or work with others doing the same.

Student Entrepreneurs

Law students are taking advantage of the many resources available at Stanford to support their ambitions—including a candy store-like array of courses and programs, all aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. At Stanford Law, the second and third years are turning out to be opportunities not just for clinics and practicums, but also to learn how to start a company or work with others doing the same.

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When Katharine Weymouth was named publisher of The Washington Post in 2008, she became much more than that. The fourth generation in her family to work at the iconic paper, Weymouth became part of a tradition—even if she had to encourage a break with tradition to save it.

The Future of Print and Digital News

When Katharine Weymouth was named publisher of The Washington Post in 2008, she became much more than that. The fourth generation in her family to work at the iconic paper, Weymouth became part of a tradition—even if she had to encourage a break with tradition to save it.

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Thompson’s role as special master on such a crucial and timely case cannot be overstated.  “This is a dispute among sovereign states over a shared resource that is critical to the states’ citizens and economies, and both Montana and Wyoming have invested enormous resources into presenting their cases,” he says.  “The issues, moreover, raise complex issues of law and fact.”

A River Runs Through It: Buzz Thompson's Stint as a Special Master

Thompson’s role as special master on such a crucial and timely case cannot be overstated. “This is a dispute among sovereign states over a shared resource that is critical to the states’ citizens and economies, and both Montana and Wyoming have invested enormous resources into presenting their cases,” he says. “The issues, moreover, raise complex issues of law and fact.”

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Working in close conjunction with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, the clinic aims to provide referred clients with zealous, compassionate, professional-quality representation. In the process, the law students learn how to try cases from beginning to end, while engaging in thoughtful reflection on the role of the defense attorney in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Defense Clinic

Working in close conjunction with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, the clinic aims to provide referred clients with zealous, compassionate, professional-quality representation. In the process, the law students learn how to try cases from beginning to end, while engaging in thoughtful reflection on the role of the defense attorney in the criminal justice system.

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 Weighing In

Comments on "Juliet Brodie"

 

 Legal Aggregates

Teva v. Sandoz Argument Recap

 

 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

 

Thanks Ms. Juliet Brodie for giving a value to the poor people. Usually these poor people struggle and work hard to earn a living which the rich people benefit from it. Having this poverty law protects poor people from unfair treatment like when serious cases arise.

- Sareih Law Officces ALC

 

This morning I attended the Supreme Court argument in Teva v. Sandoz, the case on the standard of review for patent claim construction, which I previewed on this blog. Based on the questions today (transcript here), I think that Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Sotomayor, and perhaps Justice Ginsburg were inclined [...]

Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Assistant Professor of Law

 

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 very best lawyers are problem-solvers. True, they have specialized knowledge—they may know the securities laws, for instance—and specialized skills—they may know how to cross-examine an expert witness. But truly able lawyers can take a problem, see its distinct elements, and identify and analyze possible solutions.

Stanford Law’s new Law and Policy Lab, our cover feature in this issue, recognizes that lawyers solve problems outside of courtrooms and boardrooms. Our graduates have always been influential in policy—its formulation, its implementation, and its execution. And our current students increasingly see that their careers will involve policy. The Law and Policy Lab helps prepare our students for that future.

Practicums are at the heart of this initiative. In each practicum, a faculty member works with a small group of students to help solve a real-world problem, usually at the request of a client. The clients and their problems come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, the U.S. Copyright Office asks how the recording of copyrights can be more efficient. Paul Goldstein and a group of students work to answer the question. Or the California Law Review Commission asks how to modernize California law regarding law enforcement access to the records of cell phone providers, social media companies, and Internet service providers. Bob Weisberg and a group of students work to answer those questions.

News

Friday, October 10

Supreme Court urges states to take lead in same sex marriage, say Stanford Law professor and others at Stanford

This story was written by Clifton B. Parker of Stanford News Service. Same sex marriage took another step this week toward becoming the law of the land – at least how it’s defined individuall […]
Thursday, October 9

A. Douglas Melamed Joins Stanford Law School as Visiting Professor

One of Stanford Law School’s new visiting professors has argued precedent-setting antitrust cases, has held senior positions in the U.S. government and has been general counsel of a major multinatio […]