Articles in ‘Legal Profession’

Legal Matters

November 8, 2013 | Issue 89

Justice Ginsburg was our guest at Stanford Law School in September, helping us celebrate the U.S. Constitution. It was fitting. Her life’s work has been to redeem, and to make good on, the full promise of the Constitution’s protections. As she has put it, our country has progressively worked to expand who counts as the “We” in “We the People,” and Justice
Ginsburg has been a key architect of that expansion.

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.

A Positive Disruption: The Transformation of Law Through Technology

June 4, 2013 | Issue 88

The bar exam was looming, but it was hard to focus on studying. Nik Reed and Daniel Lewis, both Stanford Law Class of 2012, had other things on their minds—like pitching their company, Ravel, to a potential investor. That excitement coupled with post-graduation celebrating was making their last hurdle a struggle.

Law, Innovation, and Silicon Valley

June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

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.

Daniel Cooperman
 and the
 Role of the Modern GC

June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

Here’s the scenario: You’re a senior executive in the legal department of a major multinational corporation and you receive a hand-delivered letter from media-
savvy discrimination attorney Gloria Allred alleging sexual misconduct by your CEO. What’s your first action?

Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis: Home On, And Off, The Range

June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

Rebecca Love Kourlis, JD ’76 (BA ’73), is as comfortable in a well-tailored suit as she is in a cowboy hat. Since childhood, this Colorado native has moved easily between rural and urban environs, navigating a course that has culminated in her leadership of the University of Denver’s Institute for [...]

Justice Moreno: The Next Chapter

October 28, 2011 | Issue 85

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…

The Legacy of Judge Duniway

October 28, 2011 | Issue 85

Benjamin C. Duniway served on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for 25 years, earning the reputation as a judicial heavyweight. According to William A. Norris, JD ’54, who served with Duniway, “he was a judge of outstanding ability, exemplary fairness, and complete integrity.”

JDs As VCs

October 28, 2011 | Issue 85

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 [...]

From the Dean

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

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 [...]