Articles in ‘women in law’

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 [...]

For the Love of the Game

November 11, 2013 | Issue 89

Hannah Gordon’s unconventional journey from would-be sportswriter to one of the top legal positions in the National Football League is framed by her office window. Visible outside the glass in her upstairs office at the NFL’s 49ers Santa Clara headquarters is an enormous—and growing daily—structure of steel and concrete.

Bernadette Meyler, 
JD ’03


November 8, 2013 | Issue 89

When Bernadette Meyler joined the faculty this summer, she brought not only her skills as a multidisciplinary scholar but also her musical gifts. An award-winning, Juilliard-trained violinist, Meyler, professor of law and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, has already collaborated with several faculty members in a chamber music group—including Paul [...]

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.

Babcock Named a 
Leader in Law 


June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

Barbara Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, has been recognized by The Recorder as one of “20 Women Leaders in Law” in the Bay Area. The Recorder describes the 2011 honorees as “living legends” who have helped “blaze what was then a dimly lit trail.” Babcock is an [...]

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 [...]

Barbara Babcock and Clara Foltz: First Women

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Barbara Babcock feels very close to Clara Foltz, though the two have never met. Foltz was famous in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as a jury lawyer, public intellectual, leader of the women’s movement, inventor of the role of public defender, and legal reformer. But her story was [...]

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

In this profile, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’89 (MA ’89) shares her insights on international human rights, democratic movements in the Middle East, the challenges of working in the United Nations, her path to a career as an ambassador, and more.