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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

Professor David Sklansky Endorses Federal Prison Sentencing Reform


 Video and Podcast Vault

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


 The Cutting Edge

Renaissance Merryman





It is time to fix the flaws of the U.S. justice system, which is bloated, costly and harsh, a Stanford law professor says. A growing bipartisan consensus in Congress is building for federal criminal justice reform. That is a step in the right direction, according to David A. Sklansky, a Stanford [...]

Clifton B. Parker


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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It isn’t difficult to imagine John Henry Merryman, the Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, Emeritus, and affiliated professor emeritus in the 
Department of Art, as a gentlemanly inhabitant of an earlier era, steadfastly pursuing the Renaissance ideal. Many of us have seen him striding across campus leading a tour of Stanford’s famed sculptures, smiling as he describes not only the art but the story behind its acquisition.

Randee Fenner


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.


Tuesday, August 18

Beth Williams Assumes Role as Director of Robert Crown Law Library

Beth Williams has been appointed director of Stanford Law School’s Robert Crown Law Library. She takes up her position on August 19, becoming the fourth individual to hold it. She comes to Stanford […]
Monday, August 10

White House appoints Stanford Law School lecturer to lead U.S. wildlife trafficking alliance

This story was written by Clifton Parker and published in the Stanford Report on Aug. 10. When the White House announced last Wednesday it had formed a new alliance to stop wildlife trafficking in the […]