Posts for May, 2011

From the Dean

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Students today put a lot more thought into choosing a law school than they did in the past. And they have access to vastly more information with which to do so. In addition to a surfeit of books offering advice on the best law schools, not to mention U.S. News, they can (and do) turn to blogs and list serves and chat groups to gather information and exchange stories and opinions. On top of this, most schools invite admitted applicants to spend a day or two on campus, where they can learn still more about the school and meet current students and faculty.

I really enjoy these weekends. I love meeting prospective students, each more amazing than the last. I like explaining what we do at Stanford Law and why. I especially enjoy conversations in which someone challenges me to explain why he or she should choose Stanford over some other law school. But this year was different in one respect. A number of admitted students were still undecided about attending law school at all, still looking to be persuaded that a law degree is worth the time and money—still unsure, in the lingo of the moment, that law is a good “value proposition.”

Prospective law students do not have these concerns because of the economy. Hard economic times usually make law school more attractive, as young people sensibly invest in their education while waiting for things to [...]

Cuéllar Appointed to Education Commission

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (MA ’96, PhD ’00), professor of law and the Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, was appointed to the Department of Education’s Equality and Excellence Commission to examine school finance, its impact on educational opportunity, and the potential for improvement of equity and achievement through federal policies. Cuéllar’s scholarship [...]

Mark G. Kelman Views Heuristic Reasoning Through the Legal Lens

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

New York City’s Special Services for Children agency was in the midst of a severe financial crisis in 1976, with shrinking resources and rising need. Mark Kelman, fresh out of law school, was the director of criminal justice projects for the Fund for the City of New York. One of [...]

Ford Awarded Fletcher Fellowship

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Richard Thompson Ford (BA ’88), George E. Osborne Professor of Law, was awarded the Fletcher Fellowship, named for Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. As a member of the 2010-2011 class of fellows, Ford was [...]

Law and the Biosciences

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

A leading expert on the legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding health law and the biosciences, Hank Greely (BA ’74) specializes in the implications of new biomedical technologies, especially those related to neuroscience, genetics, and stem cell research. He is chair of California’s Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee and served from 2007-2010 as co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Here Professor Greely offers his insights into the growing field of law and biosciences.

Advocating Science

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

My graduate school advisor, the late Stephen Schneider, liked to ask his students: “Is the scientist-advocate an oxymoron?” As he was fond of pointing out, the two professional value systems are often in conflict. The ideal scientist is a disinterested party with a neutral perspective, while the ideal advocate is [...]

California Supreme Court

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Lawyers, scholars, and curious court watchers seeking comprehensive analysis of California Supreme Court opinions can now find just that with SCOCAL, a new online resource launched in december by the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School. A joint project with Justia, an online legal information company, SCOCAL provides [...]

Grundfest and Siciliano Recognized in Directorship 100

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

The National Association of Corporate Directors recognized Joseph A. Grundfest ’78, W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, and F. Daniel Siciliano ’04, senior lecturer in law and associate dean for executive education and special programs, again in the 2010 “Directorship 100” list of the most influential people in the [...]

Stanford Law Congratulates Neukom on Giants Win

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Stanford Law School faculty and staff gathered in front of the almost completed William H. Neukom Building to congratulate Neukom ’67, currently the managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, on his team’s 2010 World Series win.

Getting to Green

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

When Dan Reicher was 21 years old, he and three friends from Dartmouth College set out on an audacious adventure. They kayaked the entire 1,888-mile length of the Rio Grande River, paddling from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. “There were long stretches where we had to drag our kayaks [...]