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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 "The Hobby Lobby Decision"


 Legal Aggregates

Tax reform could reduce wealth inequality gap, Stanford scholar says


 Video and Podcast Vault

Professor Mark Lemley Discusses the Current State of Intellectual Property


 The Cutting Edge

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


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


Tax reform could ease the escalating high-end wealth inequality trend in the United States, according to a Stanford tax scholar. Law Professor Joseph Bankman writes in a new paper that the optimal tax response to wealth inequality is significantly more complicated than portrayed in books like Thomas Piketty’s best-selling and widely noted book, Capital in the [...]

Clifton B. Parker


Stanford law Professor Mark Lemley explains why the Supreme Court’s recent Alice decision (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International) is a sea change for patent claims. Lemley is an expert on patent, trade-secret, antitrust, and constitutional law matters and one of the true thought leaders in the field of intellectual [...]

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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.


Friday, January 9

Stanford Law School Students to Hear Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

Students from Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic are in Washington, D.C., with Professor and Clinic Co-Director Jeffrey Fisher, who will argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court […]
Thursday, January 8

Race and Policing Discussion at Stanford Law School Emphasizes Need for Building Trust

It was standing room only at the “Race and Policing: Moving Forward” panel discussion at Stanford Law School Tuesday night, where more than 150 people gathered to listen to some of the nation’s […]