Catch up on the latest Stanford Law School news, including Dean Larry Kramer's letter, which he discusses in this issue.
Professor Joan Petersilia’s class is a model for collaboration with government, students working closely with California Attorney General Kamala Harris and staff in Santa Clara County to explore AB 109 (which calls for a historic shift in prisoner responsibility from the state to counties) now as it is happening.
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Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, was selected as a White House Champion of Change for dedicating her professional life to closing the justice gap in America. Click here to watch the ceremony.
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The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School awarded the National Public Service Award to Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. for his lifetime of public service and the Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award to Sharon Terman, JD ’04, for her pioneering work in enforcing family leave laws. Click here to watch a video of acceptance speeches made at the Oct. 19 ceremony.
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In this PBS report, Dan Reicher JD ‘83, Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, weighs in on the collapse of Solyndra—a company that received government-backed loans—and the future of the solar industry in the U.S.
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Three Stanford Law School Faculty Members and One Executive Director Presented Oral Arguments in Four Separate Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court in October
Oct. 5: Anthony Falzone, Lecturer in Law and executive director of the Fair Use Project at the Center for Internet and Society, presented oral argument in Golan, et al., v. Holder, et al. (docket no. 10-545), a case that could affect the status of many famous works, including symphonies by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, books by Virginia Woolf, artwork by Picasso, and films by Fellini and Hitchcock. Learn more »
Oct. 11: Michael W. McConnell, the Richard & Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argued on behalf of the petitioner in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood (No. 10-948). The question presented is: “Whether claims arising under the Credit Repair Organizations Act, 15 U.S.C. §1679 et seq., are subject to arbitration pursuant to a valid arbitration agreement.” For more information, see the case history at SCOTUSBlog.
Oct. 11: Jeffrey L. Fisher, associate professor of law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, argued on behalf of the petitioner in Greene v. Fisher (No. 10-637). The question presented in this case is: “For purposes of adjudicating a state prisoner’s petition for federal habeas relief, what is the temporal cutoff for whether a decision from this Court qualifies as ‘clearly established Federal law’ under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), as amended by the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996?” For more information about this case, see the clinic’s webpage here and the case history on SCOTUSBlog.
Oct. 12: Thomas C. Goldstein, Lecturer in Law and co-founder of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, argued on behalf of the petitioner in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders (No. 10-945 ). The question presented in this case is: “Whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense no matter what the circumstances.” For more information about this case, see the clinic’s webpage here and the argument preview at SCOTUSBlog.