Legal Matters

| Issue 90

The Future of Print and Digital News

Katharine Weymouth, JD ’92 When Katharine Weymouth was named publisher of The Washington Post in 2008, she became much more than that. The fourth generation in her family to work at the iconic paper, Weymouth became part of a tradition—even if she had to encourage a break with tradition to [...]

| Issue 89

Legal Matters

Justice Ginsburg was our guest at Stanford Law School in September, helping us celebrate the U.S. Constitution. It was fitting. Her life’s work has been to redeem, and to make good on, the full promise of the Constitution’s protections. As she has put it, our country has progressively worked to expand who counts as the “We” in “We the People,” and Justice
Ginsburg has been a key architect of that expansion.

| Issue 88

Lessons Not Learned: The Derivatives 
Market and 
Continued Risks

Toward the end of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary about the 2007 economic crisis “The Warning,” former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt issued something of an apology to Brooksley Born, saying “I’ve come to know her as one of the most capable, dedicated, intelligent, and committed public servants. … I wish I knew her better in Washington. I could have done much 
better. I could have made a difference.”

| Issue 87

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Law and Public Service

Secretary Clinton took office at a tumultuous time, when the world economy was on the brink of collapse and public opposition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was growing. Today she manages the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomatic efforts in an era when the world’s nations are more connected to each other, with communication—and popular uprisings—a mere “tweet” away.

| Issue 86

Law, Innovation, and Silicon Valley

Identifying the spark for what is now Silicon Valley is sport for some, but for others it’s the focus of serious study—whole university courses are designed to track the origins of this engine of innovation and entrepreneurship, 
perhaps hoping to capture it in a bottle.

| Issue 85

Q&A: Legal Matters

These are busy days for Representative Xavier Becerra, JD ’84 (BA ’80). Media appearances, phone conferences
 with constituents, interviews with his alumni magazine. 
Sure, the life of a public official is always hectic, and
 Becerra is dedicated to the job of serving the people of the 
31st District of Los Angeles, something he has done since he
was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992.

| Issue 84

Q & A: Legal Matters

In this Q&A, Professor Mark A. Lemley explores innovation, entrepreneurialism, and law with PayPal co-founder and Stanford Law alumnus Peter Thiel.

| Issue 83

On International Cooperation and Security

The son of a German mother and an African-American father, he was raised in a working-class suburb of New Jersey—often spending weekends and evenings helping his father with the family’s office cleaning company. A bright student, he was encouraged by his parents to pursue higher education and he excelled at Stanford Law School. He was elected Law Association president following his 1L year, became a notes editor for Stanford Law Review

| Issue 82

Q & A

Scott A. Blackmun ’82

Two Thousand and nine is a year that members of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) would probably prefer to forget. Reeling from the stinging loss of its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Chicago—ousted in the first round of voting, despite a very public trip by President and Mrs. Obama to Copenhagen to support the bid—the USOC couldn’t avoid the beating it received in the press…

| Issue 81

Q&A

When David J. Hayes ’78 graduated from law school, he planned to be a trial lawyer, heading off to clerk first for Judge William Jones and then for Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer, both on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. But that fall something happened that changed the direction of his career.