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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, [...]

SLS Faculty Weigh In on Recent SCOTUS Decisions

With the 2013 Supreme Court term nearing an end, Stanford Law School faculty weigh in on key decisions. Riley v. California Decision on June 25, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. In a landmark Fourth Amendment case, Riley [...]

Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Wins Landmark Fourth Amendment Case on Cellphone Searches

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. In a landmark Fourth Amendment case, Riley v. California, Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic students and Professor Jeffrey Fisher represented David Riley, a college student currently serving a 15-to-life prison term [...]

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International Law and the Future of Freedom: A Posthumous Publication of John Barton’s Work

The Bender Reading Room in Green Library is a beautiful place, peacefully looking over the Quad from the library’s top floor. On Wednesday afternoon April 30, it was home to a combined beginning and ending: Stanford University Press’s launch of the late John Barton’s posthumous book, International Law and the [...]

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The Case for Rebooting the Network Neutrality Debate: The future of the Internet hangs in the balance

The Internet uproar about network neutrality tends to come in waves. Right now we’re riding the crest of one. In the two weeks since Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal for new net neutrality rules became public, the Internet has erupted in protest. His proposal attempts to fill the [...]

A Conversation with U. S. Senator Cory Booker: The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Racial Justice

U. S. Senator Cory Booker walked into a packed auditorium at Stanford Law School on Saturday, February 22, smiling broadly and warmly greeting the assembled law students, some a bit stunned by his friendliness. “How are you? Where you from? Oh, L.A.? Do you know so and so? You do! [...]

Reflections on the Newtown Shooting One Year Later

One year has passed since the horrific Newtown school shooting of December 14, 2012, and we have likely learned all that will be known about the tragic events of that day. As we reflect back on the event and the subsequent political and legislative responses, a few points should be [...]