Posts for November, 2010

Justice Department Opposes (Some) Gene Patents in the Myriad Appeal

November 11, 2010 | Issue 83

In big news – which happened late on a Friday afternoon – the Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief arguing that at least one common kind of gene patents should not be granted or found valid.

The brief came in the appeal to the Federal Circuit of the Myriad BRCA 1 and 2 patent case. Judge Sweet of the Southern District of New York ruled early this year that many of Myriad’s claims were invalid.

Three Strikes Project Secures Habeas Relief and Release for Client

November 11, 2010 | Issue 83

  Three Strikes Project students, faculty and staff were successful this week in securing release of another client, Carl Gray, from prison.  Mr. Gray is the clinic’s 16th victory on behalf of clinic clients serving life sentences under California’s Three Strikes law for non violent crimes.    Carl Gray’s three convictions were for [...]

The Wrongful Convictions Seminar

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

Most Americans likely believe that the combined weight of “beyond a shadow of a doubt” and DNA testing would prevent innocent people from being sent to jail. But don’t be too sure. That’s the lesson students taking Lawrence C. Marshall’s Wrongful Convictions seminar have learned. Yes, it’s true, Virginia, innocent [...]

Remembering Howard Williams

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

Howard Williams, Stanford Law School professor emeritus, passed away on April 14, 2010, at the age of 94. The first Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, and prior to that the first Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law, Williams was a member of the Stanford [...]

A profile of Inbal Naveh ’09

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

While many hope for world peace, few Americans are in a position to do something about it. Instead of watching helplessly from afar and debating the issues based on secondhand information gleaned from the media, Inbal Naveh ’09 decided to capitalize on a generous deferral program offered by Weil, Gotshal [...]

Linking Internet Architecture to Innovation

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

Barbara van Schewick’s recently published book Internet Architecture and Innovation is a modern-day Christmas Carol, with the ghost of the Internet past meeting a present and future much constrained by tinkering. Written for a broad, interdisciplinary audience, this is not an overly technical text. It is, rather, a guide through the [...]

Deborah L. Rhode Tackles the Beauty Bias

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

Uncomfortable shoes trouble Deborah Rhode. And not only because they hurt. She’s concerned that ninety years after women got the vote and almost five decades after The Feminine Mystique was published—in a time dubbed “post-feminist” when women are now in the majority at universities and in the workforce (if not the [...]

Visiting Faculty

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

Michael Asimow UCLA School of Law Visiting Professor of Law Michael Asimow returns to Stanford Law this spring, teaching Taxation I. He is a professor of law emeritus at UCLA School of Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1967. He is an expert in the [...]

John Donohue

November 9, 2010 | Issue 83

“Let’s just say the seasons aren’t all they’re cracked up to be,”says John J. Donohue III, shivering at the thought of the 25 to 100 inches of snow that fall in New Haven each year. But the temperate climate of Palo Alto wasn’t the main reason for this renowned empirical [...]

From the Dean

November 8, 2010 | Issue 83

This issue of Stanford Lawyer looks at criminal law. It’s an area of real strength at SLS. We have top scholars in the field, and offer a wide selection of courses. The Stanford Criminal Justice Center, co-directed by Bob Weisberg and Joan Petersilia, does cutting-edge research on criminal and penal policy. And two clinics—one focusing on defense, the other on prosecution—give students an opportunity to take what they learn in classes and from research and apply it in real-world settings. Students interested in criminal law and justice can thus experience the full range of learning situations needed to launch a successful career: classes, research, and experiential learning. It’s a model of legal education we are implementing across the curriculum—from business law to intellectual property law to environmental law, international law, and more—replacing the unguided, haphazard curriculum of the past with opportunities for structured immersion in the array of experiences needed to train great lawyers.

This idea of a guided and structured curriculum is no small matter. Advice on what to do while in law school has long been scarce—not just at Stanford but everywhere. Most of us were told that it didn’t matter much what courses we took, that we should just look on our time in law school as an opportunity to do a sort of “liberal arts in law” degree.