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 [...]
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Privacy in the digital age may be one of the defining issues for this generation of law students. With many of the most intimate details of their lives contained in their cell phones—in texts and apps and emails—they are passionate about wanting to influence policy governing their personal digital footprint. [...]
The recriminations flying back and forth in the wake of the mortgage crisis were bugging Barbara Fried. Were the banks to blame? Were the people who took out mortgages they couldn’t afford to blame? “How about we don’t blame anyone?” she asks, discussing her recent Boston Review article, “Beyond Blame,” [...]
A group of Stanford Law School students had the opportunity to experience policy work at a very high level when they presented their research findings on the implementation and impact of California’s Public Safety Realignment legislation (AB 109) and key aspects of the parole process for California “lifer” inmates directly [...]
Lately, there’s a lot of news about veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to uncertain prospects for a future outside of the military. But some are finding their way back into civilian life via education. The number of veterans coming to Stanford Law has surged during the past few years. And their pres ence on campus is being felt both in and outside of the classroom.
As California grapples with its budget and prison challenges, students enrolled in Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project have been chipping away at the issue since 2009 by representing incarcerated clients. To date, some 25 individuals sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent third strikes have been resentenced with their help. And last year, students enrolled in the project dove into something new.
John J. Donohue III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, has brought his economic expertise and empirical techniques to bear on a number of cutting-edge social issues. In stark contrast to many legal academics, whose work deals largely with the historical or theoretical, Donohue is renowned for [...]
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (MA ’96, PhD ’00), professor of law and the Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, was appointed to the Department of Education’s Equality and Excellence Commission to examine school finance, its impact on educational opportunity, and the potential for improvement of equity and achievement through federal policies. Cuéllar’s scholarship [...]