Posts for August, 2014

Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says

August 27, 2014

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 [...]

Support Education, Not Just Drones: The Power of Legal Education in Kurdistan

August 26, 2014

In June, NYT columnist Tom Friedman gave the commencement address at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUIS) and wrote about it in a column titled “Iraq’s Best Hope” (NYT, June 3, 2014). Mr. Friedman concluded his column with the following observation about AUIS: “Yes, this is an elite [...]

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

August 25, 2014

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 [...]

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

August 20, 2014

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 [...]

The Immigration “Rocket Docket”: Understanding the Due Process Implications

August 15, 2014

These days, the news reports are filled with stories of unaccompanied minors and families being rushed through the federal immigration system. The Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic has witnessed, first hand, how the San Francisco Immigration courtrooms are filling up with children facing deportation. Some of them are appearing in front [...]