Imagine that you could pay your electric company a premium rate in return for better access to power than your neighbors. Such deals are illegal in the United States because federal law deems electricity to be a vital utility that should be equally accessible to all customers.
When Jim Sonne became the inaugural director of Stanford Law School’s Religious Liberty Clinic in the summer of 2012, he entered uncharted territory: No other law school in the nation has a clinic devoted to this subject. Yet, in just one year, Sonne has created a model program, engaging students in a wide variety of lawyerly roles while representing clients whose legal issues span the religious and political spectrums.
Working on U.S. Supreme Court cases is, for many attorneys, the opportunity of a lifetime. But it is a rare lawyer who regularly appears before the court. Yet slowly and steadily, Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic has built a record since its founding in 2004 as one of the most active SCOTUS legal practices in the country.
Last year, Stanford Law’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic was asked by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to represent it by investigating the impact of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) factory monitoring and reporting program. The WRC asked the clinic to look into the [...]
Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic kicks off each quarter with a two-week boot camp on the how-tos of human rights legal advocacy. Along with preparing students for projects in far-flung parts of the world, the seminar is heavy on writing instruction—the well- researched report being a key tool for this kind of legal work.
At the Stanford Community Law Clinic law students provide legal counsel and advocacy for low-income residents of East Palo Alto (EPA) and surrounding communities. They learn skills essential to just about any area of legal practice while also learning to think critically about the role of lawyers and lawyering in solving the problems of America’s poor.
It’s safe to say that the “global village” envisioned by Marshall McLuhan a half century ago is here—with instantaneous electronic connections between nations, businesses, and individuals readily available at the click of a mouse or touch of a cell phone keypad. As communication between nations has developed, so too has awareness of shared experiences, differences, and human rights.
Since its founding, the Youth and Education Law Project (YELP) has worked with disadvantaged youth and their communities to ensure that they have access to equal and excellent educational opportunities. In this report, YELP Director Bill Koski and several clinic students share their experiences representing clients and working on policy issues during this year’s clinic.
Michael A. Hestrin remembers vividly his first day in court. It was 1996, and he was part of the first group of students to take the Criminal Prosecution Clinic. He was assigned an evidence hearing and spent hours researching—then the moment he’d been anticipating came. “I stood up and addressed the judge, and I just knew. It felt absolutely right. It was transformational for me,” says Hestrin ’97 (MA ’97).