Legal Aggregate

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 [...]

New Texts Boost Timor-Leste’s Legal Capacity

Justin Bieber may not have visited Asia’s newest state, Timor-Leste, yet, but as six Stanford law students found out earlier this year, his popularity has preceded him at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL). The Stanford students were visiting UNTL with the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project (TLLEP), a partnership among [...]

FISA Court Rolls Over, Plays Dead – excerpt from Forbes article

A newly declassified opinion shows FISA court “oversight” in the face of egregious, unconstitutional and potentially criminal government misconduct means nothing. Last week, thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s excellent FOIA work, we got the gift of a newly declassified 2011 FISA court opinion. The opinion finds that the government [...]

Some Thoughts on State v. Zimmerman

When the dramatic moral and political outcry quiets, and the distortions of the legal issues and processes cease, a lawyer’s consensus on the case might look like this: —“Stand Your Ground” was always mostly a distraction. If by this colorful term we mean that there is no duty to retreat [...]

Boston Review Excerpt: Beyond Blame: Would we better off in a world without blame?

In an article published shortly before his death, the political scientist James Q. Wilson took on the large question of free will and moral responsibility: Does the fact that biology determines more of our thinking and conduct than we had previously imagined undermine the notion of free will? And does [...]

Comparing and Contrasting Yesterday’s Military Coup in Egypt with the Military Coup in Pakistan in 1999

In trying to assess the implications of the coup for the future of democracy in Egypt, I think that it is useful to compare and contrast this coup with Pakistan’s coup on October 12, 1999 in which General Musharaff overthrew Nawaz Sharif, the then (and now) democratically elected prime minister [...]

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws

Thanks to a brand-new, get-tough-on-crime state law, Wilkerson would soon be sentenced to life in prison for stealing a pair of plain white tube socks worth $2.50.

Turn Right at the Cerebellum: President Obama Maps the Brain

This week, the New York Times reported on a new Obama initiative that, in comparison to gun control or the economy, might seem a little frivolous. It’s called the “Brain Activity Map.” Three Billion Dollars The name of the project says it all: The goal is to map the connections [...]

CLC Students Appear in Court on Behalf of Client Facing Eviction

Congrats to Stanford Law students Kristen Bell  (’13) and Angela McCray (’14) who made the Community Law Clinic’s first  court appearance of the quarter!  They appeared on behalf of a  low-income tenant in an eviction case and filed a Motion to  Quash the summons on the basis of a fatal [...]