Perspectives

| Issue 91

Studying at The Hague

Torts? Check. Property? Got it. Contracts, CivPro, and ConLaw? All part of the required first-year curriculum at Stanford Law School and most law schools across the country. But international law? After two years at SLS, I had yet to set foot into a class addressing transnational legal issues despite spending [...]

| Issue 90

Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

If the halls of the Internal Revenue Service could ever be described as abuzz, it would have been last summer. I arrived in D.C. for my summer internship in June of 2013, less than a month after the so-called IRS “Tea Party scandal” broke. I was working in the tax [...]

| Issue 89

Protecting Journalism in 
the Digital Era

RELATED LINKS: Learn more about Morgan Weiland Learn more about the Center for Internet and Society Imagine that you are 
participating in a protest on a university campus. The campus
police ask everyone to leave. Some protestors refuse to move, and suddenly
they are doused with pepper spray by campus police. You [...]

| Issue 88

Fighting DOMA: Veterans as Amici Curiae

Read related Stanford Lawyer article “At the Supreme Court: Boats and Marriage.” It has become a truism of war that though servicemembers swear their oath to the U.S. 
Constitution, they fight on the battlefield for those to their left and right. This remains the case even on today’s blurred battlefield [...]

| Issue 87

Making a Difference 
in Afghanistan

When I was 16, my brother deployed to Afghanistan for the first time—and I became acutely aware of the ongoing conflict there. At the same time, I saw how little attention most Americans paid to the war. The next year, in 2004, Time magazine ran a cover story titled “Remember [...]

| Issue 85

Privacy and Mail

It’s a fairly common 
story. Mark writes an e-mail to Stephen about their weekend plans and, in a postscript, includes some choice comments—meant to be kept private—about their mutual friend Lisa. Stephen, not getting as far as the postscript, forwards the e-mail to his girlfriend and before long the e-mail [...]

| Issue 84

Advocating Science

My graduate school advisor, the late Stephen Schneider, liked to ask his students: “Is the scientist-advocate an oxymoron?” As he was fond of pointing out, the two professional value systems are often in conflict. The ideal scientist is a disinterested party with a neutral perspective, while the ideal advocate is [...]

| Issue 83

Stanford Prison Forum

A large part of what brought me to California was its prisons. As a lifelong East Coaster, I had a hard time fathoming the anomaly of Golden State incarceration. How could it be that such a progressive state clung to the harshest “three strikes” law in the nation? How could one state’s prison population rival the population of all the federal prisons combined?

| Issue 82

The Stanford Law Experience, Circa 2010

This year’s graduating class has taken to calling itself the “guinea pig” class. A joke, yes—but this group has lived through some of the most dramatic changes in legal education. From the law school’s switch to a pass/fail grading system to the expansion of the clinical program, the explosion of joint degree opportunities, the alignment of the law school’s calendar with the university’s, and the move to the quarter system—the Class of 2010 has been at the cutting edge …

| Issue 81

Soledad, Revisited

Ninety miles south of San Jose, California, beyond where U.S. 101 merges with El Camino Real and the highway narrows to four lanes, a billboard seeks to lure truck drivers and motorists off the road. It’s happening in Soledad.” It’s an odd sign, immediately belied by the vistas surrounding it: [...]