When David Sklansky graduated from Harvard Law School in 1984, there were two things he knew for sure: He didn’t want to be a trial lawyer, and he didn’t want to be an academic. Fast-forward 30 years and his CV tells a very different story. Not only did Sklansky spend nearly a […]
Articles in ‘Faculty Scholarship’
Assistant Professor of Law Lisa Larrimore Ouellette arrives at Stanford Law School with an impressive and uncommon set of credentials. She holds not only a JD but also a PhD in physics, a subject she embraced while a Swarthmore undergraduate. “I fell in love with physics and after doing research with a […]
Robert MacCoun has had a unique view of some of the most dramatic cultural shifts in American thinking over the course of his career—through the lens of a social psychologist engaged in public policy analysis. He recalls his work on President Clinton’s 1993 task force looking into military unit cohesion if gays and lesbians […]
While much of the country emerges from the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, Detroit, the epicenter of the American car industry, is still caught in its grips. As the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy filing, the city embodies the heart of Michelle Wilde Anderson’s research. A public law scholar and […]
What does Einstein’s Theory of Relativity have to do with securities law? According to Joe Grundfest, JD ’78, potentially quite a lot. In collaboration with two University of California physicists, he’s intent on figuring out how it impacts the timing of information dissemination in today’s era of high-frequency trading (HFT). […]
The term “epicenter” refers to the point on the Earth’s surface that is directly above the point where an earthquake or underground explosion originates.
We all know that the word epicenter is frequently used outside the context of seismic events. In fact, those who police our language grumble about its overuse.
I cannot count the number of times I have been told that Stanford University and Silicon Valley are the epicenter of the digital revolution, but I don’t think even those who are serious about the use of language should complain. It’s true, there is no surface point that can be matched to a subsurface point of disruption, but this region and this school have created something that is easily analogous to an earthquake—a shaking and shifting of the earth, with unpredictable aftershocks. Of course, it is only an analogy because, unlike seismic disasters, the digital revolution has created countless goods. But it has also created some new concerns.
Our feature story in this issue zeros in on one set of those concerns—the way in which the digital revolution has changed the relationship between the citizen and the state. The world that we now take for granted creates the possibility of wide-scale government surveillance of huge populations and the possibility that law enforcement can reach into every nook and cranny of our lives. Not surprisingly, those at Stanford Law School are at the center of many of the most pressing debates over this new reality and they are featured in our cover story.
Five Stanford Law School faculty members have received seed grants from Stanford’s Office of Online Learning. The grants will help faculty develop online and blended classes, for Stanford students or as massive open online courses (MOOCs). Richard Thompson Ford (BA ’88), George E. Osborne Professor of Law, is collaborating with […]
Nathaniel Persily, JD ’98, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, served as Senior Research Director of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. In January, Persily and the Commission met with President Obama to deliver their Report, “The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.” […]
Dan Reicher, JD ’83, professor of the practice of law and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, was elected in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Energy’s 19-member advisory board. The group, with members from politics, business, and science, will advise Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz […]