Legal Aggregate

| Issue 91

Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, Stanford Law study finds

  This story was written by Bjorn Carey and was published Nov. 14 in the online edition of the Stanford Report. Right-to-carry or concealed-carry laws have generated much debate in the past two decades – do they make society safer or more dangerous? While there is no federal law on concealed-carry [...]

| Issue 91

Stanford Law Professors Suggest Ways to Close Gender Gap in Law School

This story was written by Clifton Parker and was published Nov. 11 in the online edition of the Stanford Report. Reducing class sizes and reforming grading systems may help reduce the gender gap in professional school settings, according to a new Stanford study. “Our findings suggest that class size and pedagogical [...]

| Issue 91

Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick Endorses President Obama’s Call for Strict Net Neutrality Policy

Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick, one of the nation’s leading experts on Internet policy, endorses President Obama’s announcement: “Today’s announcement was historic. President Obama has called upon the FCC to pursue the right legal path to keep the Internet free and open—reclassification of Internet service under Title II of [...]

Teva v. Sandoz Argument Recap

This morning I attended the Supreme Court argument in Teva v. Sandoz, the case on the standard of review for patent claim construction, which I previewed on this blog. Based on the questions today (transcript here), I think that Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Sotomayor, and perhaps Justice Ginsburg were inclined [...]

Prof. Lisa Ouellette Explains SCOTUS Patent Case Teva v. Sandoz

The standard of review for patent claim construction may sound like a dull procedural issue, but it is one of the most important topics in patent law today. Essentially every patent case involves a fight over the meaning of the claims—the part of a patent that defines the legal right. [...]

Ebola: The Tolling Bell

As of September 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, so far, over 7,100 people have been infected with and over 3,300 have died from the Ebola virus. These estimates of what has happened are almost certainly far too low; the estimates of what will happen are terrifyingly high. [...]

Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking & The U.S.-Africa Summit

More than forty heads of state from African nations will be in Washington during the week of August 4th for a U.S.-Africa Summit meeting with President Obama and affiliated meetings with the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. The agenda is packed. Africa’s resource-rich, emerging economies are increasingly important to the U.S., China, [...]