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Lawyers Leading Nonprofits

Lawyers Leading Nonprofits

In recent years, Stanford Law School has focused considerable resources on helping graduates pursue careers in public service. Learn how SLS alumni have channeled their legal education into nonprofit work.

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Illustration by Jeffrey Fisher

Post 9/11 Civil Liberties

Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, and Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, discuss the work of the ACLU and civil liberty challenges facing Americans today.

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Gabriela Franco Parcella: From GC to CEO, Leading Mellon Capital

Gabriela Franco Parcella: From GC to CEO, Leading Mellon Capital

Lawyers are not typically found leading multibillion-dollar institutional investment management companies—particularly women JDs. But for Gabriela Franco Parcella, JD ’94, becoming CEO and chairwoman of Mellon Capital was the logical next step in a career marked by good timing, thorough preparation, and ever-widening expectations.

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Applying Psychology to Tax Law—and Legal Education

Applying Psychology to Tax Law—and Legal Education

Six years ago, Joe Bankman, the Ralph M. Parsons Professor of Law and Business, wanted to broaden his legal scholarship. So in his spare time, he went back to school to train as a clinical psychologist. But while Bankman went into the program with scholarship and policy projects in mind, he came out of it with another goal as well—to launch a pilot project on emotional health among law students.

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Nancy Hendry and Bill Baer, photographed at their home in Bethesda MD, 18 March 2015, for Stanford Lawyer Magazine.

Making a Difference, Behind the Scenes

Nancy Hendry and Bill Baer speak with the thoughtful, measured cadence born of decades of public service in top posts in Washington, D.C. They have managed to meld family life and vibrant careers with the same balance—Hendry with the Peace Corps, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the International Association of Women Judges, Baer with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

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 Legal Aggregates

Michigan v. EPA: Looking to the Issues Not Resolved


 Video and Podcast Vault

Faculty on Point | Professor John J Donohue on Guns and Crime


 The Cutting Edge

Helping to Build the Marriage Equality Case


Thanks for a wonderful and concise analysis of the recent Supreme Court rulings. Understanding laws and processes that affect our lives and the ‘democracy’ in which we live is one of the keys to protecting freedom. An uninformed population is more open to tyranny. Many laws are passed that are [...]

- Jehu Martin


I breathed a sigh of relief as I read the decision in Michigan v. EPA. In this case, the issues not resolved were more important than the issue on which the Court based its opinion. This case could have been a big problem for future regulations on climate change at [...]

Michael Wara, Associate Professor of Law and Justin M. Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar


One of the leading empirical researchers in the legal academy, Professor John Donohue has looked closely at right to carry gun laws in the united states. Here, he discusses guns in America, the implications of right to carry gun laws, the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, and the possibility of the [...]

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Today’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges represented the successful culmination of a four-month endeavor for myself and the other students in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where we assisted in writing the briefs for petitioners from Kentucky. But for countless others, this is the result of decades of activism and [...]

Alex Twinem, JD '16


From the Dean

By Liz Magill

Line up 100 Stanford Law School graduates and ask them about their careers. You will find almost as many career paths as graduates. Our grads are practicing law in firms, in government agencies, in nonprofits, and in corporations—in this country and around the globe. But our graduates are also appointed or elected to office as judges, ambassadors, and legislators; they are starting or running companies, big and small; they are journalists, professors, investors, and philanthropists. And some could mark (almost) “all of the above” on a multiple-choice questionnaire about their careers. This should come as no surprise. Our graduates have learned about the law and the legal system, and they have learned to be powerful legal advocates. But they have also learned how to think rigorously and systematically; to untangle and analyze the different strands of complex issues; to solve problems; and to lead.

In this issue of the magazine, we feature a group of graduates who have chosen to take all that they have—their talent, their learning, their skills, and their passion—and devote themselves to advancing the public good as they see it. These graduates have founded, or hold leadership positions in, nonprofit organizations. Their work could not be more varied—delivering medical care to impoverished Nigerians; increasing the racial diversity of computer programmers; watching over thousands of Christian missionaries working in some of the world’s most dangerous places; helping lead an innovative charter school organization; advancing the rights of women; and defending the legal rights of students.


Thursday, June 18

Stanford Law School Hosts First-Ever Global Corporate Governance Colloquium

This story was written by Jacob Hale Russell. How does a country’s left-right political orientation shape its financial markets? Have activist efforts by hedge funds improved corporate performance? […]
Monday, June 15

Law School Grads Urged to Put Their Training to Work After ‘Hard Year’

In her charge to the Class of 2015 at Stanford Law School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 13, Dean M. Elizabeth Magill readily acknowledged, “This has been a hard year,” but she found re […]