Legal Aggregate

Global community should respond to Middle East refugee crisis now, Stanford expert says

Conflicts in the Middle East have spawned a refugee crisis that the global community must address decisively, a Stanford expert says. Thousands of migrants have already died this year trying to make the journey to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East. This week, the European Commission is expected […]

SLS Professor Questions Secrecy of Some Medical Malpractice Settlements

Some types of nondisclosure provisions in medical malpractice settlements can never be justified, and others should remain subject to negotiation, argue Michelle M. Mello, a professor at Stanford Law School and Stanford University School of Medicine, and Jeffrey N. Catalano of Todd & Weld in Boston, in a commentary published […]

Justice Holmes, Meet Dr. Turing: Law Is Computation

This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on May 7, 2015. In his famous work of legal theory, The Common Law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. memorably declared: “The life of the law has not been logic.” This pronouncement sums up a deeply held tenant of American legal theory. Most lawyers […]

Innovation in Legal Practice: Beyond the Current Model of Professionalism

This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on April 24, 2015. While the U.S. legal system has many virtues, it also has glaring flaws. One of its chief failures is access: Most of us in America simply can’t afford the help of a lawyer that is so often necessary for […]

Video suggests police shooting in South Carolina not justified, Stanford legal expert says

Judging from the video footage that has dominated news coverage around the country, the police shooting in South Carolina of a black man running away from a white officer likely did not meet legal tests for such force, a Stanford criminal law expert said. David A. Sklansky, a Stanford professor […]

Joe Bankman: Applying Psychology to Tax Law—and Legal Education

Six years ago, Joe Bankman, the Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business, wanted to broaden his legal scholarship. So in his spare time, he went back to school to train as a clinical psychologist. “I never intended to quit my day job,” he says. “But my scholarship and […]

Indiana religious freedom law too broad, Stanford scholar says

Stanford law Professor Bernadette Meyler says Indiana’s religious freedom law is an overreach of similar federal legislation and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from last year. If legislative intent to discriminate is discovered, she said, then 14th Amendment protections may be in order for LGBT people. The religious freedom law […]

Social psychology insights could reduce tax evasion, Stanford scholars say

Stanford tax expert Joseph Bankman suggests that a redesign of tax forms and the online filing experience based on social psychology insights would encourage more people to file truthful returns. Revamping the language of tax forms and the online filing process to make them more direct could reduce tax evasion […]

Afghanistan Legal Ed Project Director Discusses Country’s Challenges and Progress After Year of Serious Security Concerns

March seems to have brought new optimism to the Afghan/U.S. relationship. President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, described as a reformist leader, met with President Obama and the two emerged with not only a renewed security agreement and a promise by the U.S. to keep forces in the country—but a new […]

Women in Silicon Valley: Kleiner Perkins Discrimination Case Shows Not Much Has Changed

The facts are mixed and murky in Ellen Pao’s widely publicized sex discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. But whatever the ultimate result, a few points are clear. The VC culture is out of touch with the realities of contemporary workplaces, […]