Legal Aggregate

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, [...]

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. [...]