The Cutting Edge

Renaissance Merryman






It isn’t difficult to imagine John Henry Merryman, the Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus, and affiliated professor emeritus in the 
Department of Art, as a gentlemanly inhabitant of an earlier era, steadfastly pursuing the Renaissance ideal. Many of us have seen him striding across campus leading a tour of Stanford’s famed sculptures, smiling as he describes not only the art but the story behind its acquisition.




Helping to Build the Marriage Equality Case

Today’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges represented the successful culmination of a four-month endeavor for myself and the other students in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where we assisted in writing the briefs for petitioners from Kentucky. But for countless others, this is the result of decades of activism and […]

Students Simulate Security Crises to Learn About Legal Implications






In March, Stanford students participated in a two-day terrorism and national security simulation exercise that was hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center. The event, which was developed by Georgetown Professor of Law Laura Donohue, JD ’07, aimed to better prepare law students for difficult national security situations. “There is […]




In Memoriam: Leslie A. Williams, Former Tuskegee Airman






Leslie Williams, JD ’74 (BA ’49), passed away on March 30, 2015. He was 95. Williams was a member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen and graduated with the first African-American bomber pilot group. His obituary can be found here. Below is a profile of Williams originally published in the Spring […]




SLS’s Rwanda Legal Development Project Students Meet With Key Officials in Rwandan Government






In December 2014, members of SLS’s Rwanda Legal Development Project (RLDP) traveled to Kigali, Rwanda with Professor Erik Jensen and Rule of Law Program Executive Director, Megan Karsh. Since 2013, RLDP has worked with various stakeholders in the Rwandan justice sector to support the government’s legal reform efforts. The purpose […]




Stanford Law Report on Importance of Education in Prisons Topic of Calif. Assembly Hearing






On March 10, Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center (SCJC) at Stanford Law School testified before the California State Senate Public Safety Committee’s hearing on higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals (she was joined by Douglas Wood of the Ford Foundation, Robert Bozick of […]




Remembering J. Paul Lomio, Director of Law School library






J. Paul Lomio, the director of the Robert Crown Law Library, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Inouye, and their daughter, Rita Lomio. The Law School will hold a celebration of life event on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. “Paul […]




Up for Discussion: Should Criminal Lawyers Engage in Crowdsourcing Criminal Investigations?






Are we seeing a new model of legal advocacy in which lawyers turn to the crowd for help in raising funds, interest, and even finding evidence? There are apps and websites that have online crowds investigating criminal cases. The site Reddit attracted an active community of people gathering evidence, forwarding […]




Stanford Law’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project Releases English Translation of Afghan Civil Code






The Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) publicly releases its English translation of the Afghan Civil Code this week. This is very significant for the legal and private sectors in Afghanistan, which have been operating without reliable English translations of two of the country’s three most important sources of law (the others […]




Stanford Law’s BLSA Students Weigh In on the Events in Ferguson






The aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing has inspired a number of responses around the nation and sparked eye-opening events in the rural town of Ferguson, Missouri. Behind the clash between law enforcement and civilian protest lies a narrative of unjustified and disproportional police force that the Stanford Black Law Students […]