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.
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It was a busy day for Justice Carlos R. Moreno, and his schedule was packed with meetings. But instead of tending to business on California’s Supreme Court, as he had for the last decade serving as an associate justice, he was interviewing students at Stanford Law School for summer firm positions. The interviews were going well. “The students were overwhelmingly smart, poised, accomplished, and interested in broader issues outside the practice of law—and socially conscious,” says Moreno, JD ’75…
Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Doobie Brothers, and Crosby, Stills & Nash headlined at Shoreline Amphitheater on a gorgeous summer day last August—a benefit for Musicians United for Safe Energy and humanitarian aid for Japan. It was a redux of a 1979 Madison Square Garden concert where the same musicians [...]
Students today put a lot more thought into choosing a law school than they did in the past. And they have access to vastly more information with which to do so. In addition to a surfeit of books offering advice on the best law schools, not to mention U.S. News, they can (and do) turn to blogs and list serves and chat groups to gather information and exchange stories and opinions. On top of this, most schools invite admitted applicants to spend a day or two on campus, where they can learn still more about the school and meet current students and faculty.
I really enjoy these weekends. I love meeting prospective students, each more amazing than the last. I like explaining what we do at Stanford Law and why. I especially enjoy conversations in which someone challenges me to explain why he or she should choose Stanford over some other law school. But this year was different in one respect. A number of admitted students were still undecided about attending law school at all, still looking to be persuaded that a law degree is worth the time and money—still unsure, in the lingo of the moment, that law is a good “value proposition.”
Prospective law students do not have these concerns because of the economy. Hard economic times usually make law school more attractive, as young people sensibly invest in their education while waiting for things to [...]
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 [...]
Innovation is a hallmark of Stanford Law School, where the start-up, “can-do” ethos of Silicon Valley is part of the culture. That same way of thinking is now set to revolutionize the way in which students chart their course through law school, into their careers, and beyond. A new website launched [...]
JSD students at Stanford Law School have, for a long time, operated in a somewhat parallel universe. After they completed their one-year JSM-SPILS program, they became largely anonymous to the JD, JSM, and LLM candidates who occupy the physical campus and whose lives rarely intersect with this globe-trotting group.
Washington — A poster-size photograph of one of the first meetings that Michael C. Camuñez attended with President Obama hangs prominently on the wall of his office in the White House complex.
As a special assistant to the president, Camuñez ’98 was part of a small group in charge of finding people to help run the executive branch in the new administration. The meeting with Obama involved “a candidate for a very senior government position,” Camuñez recalls.