Articles in ‘Government Service’

Reicher Elected to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

Karlan Selected for DOJ Civil Rights Division Post

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, was appointed deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division by President Obama. She took up the position in January and will be on leave from [...]

Gould Named Chairman of California Agricultural Labor Relations Board

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

William B. Gould IV, Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus, was appointed chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board as of March 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. Gould, an expert in labor law, authored an early textbook on the subject—now in its fifth edition. He served on the [...]

Fixing American Democracy

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

Last April, soon after I accepted Stanford’s offer to join its faculty, I received a call from Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, the lawyers who had represented President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. They had been tasked by the president with chairing a bipartisan [...]

Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

A River Runs Through It: Buzz Thompson’s Stint as a Special Master

May 27, 2014 | Issue 90

There is a saying in the West, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain: “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Indeed, Westerners have been fighting over this scarce resource for decades, whether in intrastate conflicts like the “California water wars,” famously depicted by Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, or in [...]

Lawyers in the Military

May 23, 2014 | Issue 90

When U.S. Army Capt. Robert Rodriguez, JD ’06, landed a job upon graduation as an associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., he thought it would be the start of a long career. “Crowell was great to me,” he says. Yet in 2009, three years in, he found himself [...]

Sri Srinivasan

November 8, 2013 | Issue 89

In 2002, a 34-year-old attorney in the solicitor general’s office stood before the Supreme Court, preparing to argue what he anticipated would be a close case on the death penalty. “I was understandably quite nervous,” says Sri Srinivasan about his first case before the Court.

William J. Baer Appointed Assistant Attorney General for the 
Antitrust Division


June 7, 2013 | Issue 88

William J. Baer, JD ’75, joined the Obama administration in January after confirmation of his appointment to the U.S. Department of Justice as assistant attorney general for the antitrust division. “Bill is a highly skilled and well-respected antitrust lawyer who understands the importance of promoting competition in order for consumers [...]

Grundfest Appointed to New SEC Committee; Grundfest and Siciliano Named to NACD 
Directorship 100

June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

Joseph A. Grundfest, JD ’78, W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and senior faculty member of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, has been appointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee. Grundfest is a former commissioner of the SEC [...]