Posts for June, 2013

Professor Jim Cavallaro Elected to Join the IACHR

June 12, 2013 | Issue 88

Many congratulations to Professor James Cavallaro, Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, on his election to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). This is an extraordinarily important position that will allow Jim to carry on his tireless efforts to promote human rights in the Americas. [...]

Letter From the Dean

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

It is often said that lawyers are risk-averse, and there is certainly some truth to that. But, at Stanford Law School, alongside the traditional lawyerly values of caution and judiciousness, there is also a palpable sense that calculated risks are worth taking, that change is not to be feared. In this issue the cover story highlights this important part of the Stanford Law culture—risk taking. The story focuses on our graduates who are pursuing opportunities in emerging markets. Unsurprisingly, they have some stories to tell—and some of them are hair-raising, as in Bill Franke’s description of being, literally, locked out of his Russian company by his “partner.” These graduates are all risk takers. Many of them are not engaged in the traditional practice of law, and all of them are working in corners of the world where there is profound uncertainty about the future, and sometimes even uncertainty about the present rules of the game. I admire the smarts, and the verve, of these graduates, and I know you will find the work they are doing of interest.

This story’s focus on emerging markets also illustrates the importance of our efforts to make SLS more global. Unlike business (or even science and mathematics), law is by its nature a parochial discipline in the sense that legal rules have long been determined, in part, by jurisdiction. It has been a truism for many years that economic, technological, demographic, and social factors have made those jurisdictional borders far less important than they once were. Of course, the study of law must change as a result. Today, many of our students choose to study, or to work during their summers, overseas. [...]

Stanford Law Students Visit Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Five first-year law students recently returned from an exploratory trip to Jordan as part of their work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). The students—Lisa Li, Nikki Marquez, Katherine McBride, Swain Uber, and Keny Zurita—traveled to Amman during spring break to learn more about the situation of refugees in [...]

Former Senator Jeff Bingaman to Lead Stanford University Steyer-Taylor Center Initiative on Renewable Energy 


June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, LLB ’68, is back on Stanford Law School’s campus as a distinguished fellow at the 
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. During the one-year 
appointment Bingaman will work with the center to develop policies to assist states and local communities in promoting increased use [...]

Aleecia McDonald Appointed Director of Privacy at CIS

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Aleecia M. McDonald was appointed director of privacy at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) in December. She will lead the center’s work in online technologies, privacy, and policy, with a particular focus on self-help measures and privacy-enhancing technologies, mobile privacy challenges, global frameworks for privacy rights, and user [...]

Twenty-five Stanford Law Students Named 
Ford Foundation Fellows

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

The Ford Foundation recently announced that 25 Stanford Law School students were selected to participate in the foundation’s new Law School Public Interest Fellowship Program. The Stanford Law students will work with Ford grantee organizations around the world during the summer of 2013 to improve the lives of others through [...]

ACS Student Convention Held at Stanford Law


June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Stanford Law School’s American Constitution Society chapter hosted the first-ever ACS Student Convention in March, “Gideon at 50,” which brought practitioners and jurists from around the nation together on campus for two days. Using the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright as a springboard for conversation, student leaders from across [...]

William J. Baer Appointed Assistant Attorney General for the 
Antitrust Division


June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

William J. Baer, JD ’75, joined the Obama administration in January after confirmation of his appointment to the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant attorney general for the antitrust division. “Bill is a highly skilled and well-respected antitrust lawyer who understands the importance of promoting competition in order for consumers [...]

Triantis Appointed 
Associate Dean 
for Strategic Planning

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

George Triantis, JSD ’89, the James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law, has been appointed associate dean for strategic planning by M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. In this new role, Triantis will lead the law school’s examination of several developments that are likely to influence legal education and the profession in the future, including the opportunities presented by online education and the globalization of law practice.

Thompson Named to Farmland Advisory Council

June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

Barton H. Thompson Jr., JD/MBA ’76 (BA ’72), Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, was named to the American Farmland Trust’s Research Advisory Council. The trust is dedicated to preserving farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. The council helps the trust to innovate and to prioritize research areas.