Legal Aggregate

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, [...]

Marijuana edible products need stronger regulation, Stanford experts say

States that have legalized marijuana need to put strong restrictions on the drug’s edible products, according to two Stanford law professors. In a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Robert MacCoun and Michelle Mello of Stanford Law School wrote that one of the most notable features of [...]

Computer Crime and Security Expert Jennifer Granick on New Bills Proposed by White House for Online Security and Her Suggestions for Priorities to Achieve a More Secure Internet

On February 13, 2015 Stanford University hosted a White House Summit on Cybersecurity with President Barack Obama and key members of the administration participating. Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and an expert in computer crime and security, participated in a summit [...]

High time for high court to revise antitrust exemption

In 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court, speaking through Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, held in Federal Baseball that the exhibition of baseball games was not a business in interstate commerce within the meeting of the Sherman Antitrust Act. This opinion, delivered by a great jurist who suffered, like all baseball players, from [...]

Computational Jurisprudence 3.0

The impact of technology on law is moving forward with all the subtlety of a charging rhinoceros, transforming traditional practice and spawning new forms of “legal service” delivery. Surprisingly, many expect that the swirling events will just enhance the existing system, leaving it essentially intact, but with certain processes improved. [...]

Tax reform could reduce wealth inequality gap, Stanford scholar says

Tax reform could ease the escalating high-end wealth inequality trend in the United States, according to a Stanford tax scholar. Law Professor Joseph Bankman writes in a new paper that the optimal tax response to wealth inequality is significantly more complicated than portrayed in books like Thomas Piketty’s best-selling and widely noted book, Capital in the [...]

The Drug War at 100

One hundred years ago this week President Woodrow Wilson signed the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 and committed the federal government to combating the domestic drug trade. If any single event launched our modern drug war, this was it. The Harrison Act aimed to ban nonmedical use of opiates and [...]

Three Strikes: An Update After Propositions Reform Sentencing for Nonviolent Offenders and Milestone of 2000th Prisoner Released Approaches

California’s overcrowded prison system is approaching a significant milestone—the release of the 2000th nonviolent inmate serving a life sentence under California’s Three Strikes law. Some of these prisoners have already served over 20 years for crimes as minor as shoplifting a pair of socks or possessing a fraction of a [...]

What the Feds Can and Cannot Do in the Brown and Garner Cases

Many people troubled by the decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner have taken solace in the ongoing federal investigations of their deaths. It is important to understand, though, what the U.S. Department of Justice can and cannot do. The grand jury decisions [...]

Stepping Back: Thoughts on the Ferguson Grand Jury and Prosecutor

Amid the noise about the Ferguson grand jury, I humbly offer a few points I hope will be clarifying. The Grand Jury: The prosecutor’s discretion about the use of the grand jury has a couple of aspects. Yes, only in a trivial fraction of cases does a grand jury disagree [...]