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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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 Legal Aggregates

Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says

 

 Video and Podcast Vault

Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System

 

 The Cutting Edge

Stanford Law’s BLSA Students Weigh In on the Events in Ferguson

 

Doesn’t the US Constitution apply to anyone who is a legal resident of the US, not only the US-born? If that’s so, anyone who is applying for legal residency is in a phase that’s inherently “due process”…and if they’re accepted for legal residence, aren’t they covered by the Constitution? [...]

- macbaldy

 

Stanford law Professor David Sklansky says that the militarization of police departments is doing more harm than good. The question is whether communities need heavily armed police, armored vehicles and military-grade equipment for law enforcement in neighborhoods that are not warzones. The militarization of local police forces has emerged as [...]

Clifton B. Parker

 

On June 26, 2014, Stanford Law School welcomed Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee to campus for the lunchtime discussion “Speaking Truth to Patents: The Case for a Better Patent System.” Lee spoke on patent reform progress including implementation [...]

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The aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing has inspired a number of responses around the nation and sparked eye-opening events in the rural town of Ferguson, Missouri. Behind the clash between law enforcement and civilian protest lies a narrative of unjustified and disproportional police force that the Stanford Black Law Students [...]

Ashley Williams & Clifford D. Mpare, Jr., Co-Presidents of the Stanford Black Law Students Association

 
     

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

Monday, September 15

Stanford study finds that clean energy is good politics

This story was written by Clifton Parker and was published Sept. 15, 2014 in the online version of the Stanford Report. Renewable energy seems like good politics on either side of the aisle, according […]
Friday, September 12

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Carlos Bea to Focus on Religion in Constitution Day Lecture on Monday

STANFORD, Calif. September 12, 2014 – The controversy swirling around the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows for-profit corporations to restrict health care insurance ben […]