New Dean Search Committee Announced
Following the March announcement that Dean Larry Kramer is resigning to assume the presidency of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on September 1, Stanford Provost John Etchemendy has appointed a committee to advise him in selecting a new dean for Stanford Law School.
Professor Mark Kelman is chairing the committee, which also includes Rick Banks, Juliet Brodie, Dan Ho, Pam Karlan, and Mark Lemley from SLS faculty, Teddy Kider (3L, Stanford Law School), Stephanie Kalfayan (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs), alumna Michelle Galloway and Jack Rakove (Professor of History and Political Science).
The search committee does not select the new dean; it will assess potential candidates and present the President and Provost of the University with an unranked list of plausible candidates. The committee will consider internal candidates and will also conduct an outside search. The President and Provost will make the final decision about the next dean of Stanford Law School.
The search committee will not communicate broadly about the progress of its work; in fact, to protect confidentiality, it may not be in touch again until later in the process. However, the search committee welcomes suggestions, not only about individual candidates, but also about concerns and hopes for the school going forward and about important traits for the next dean. Input from all the members of the SLS community—faculty, staff, students and alumni—is valued. Contact the committee by writing to email@example.com.
John Donohue’s Empirical Scholarship Informs Death Penalty Overturn in Connecticut
Professor John Donohue’s recently published study of the 205 death-eligible cases that had been filed in Connecticut from 1973, when the state’s death penalty law went into effect, through 2007 has been widely cited, including in a recent New York Times editorial, which said “In Connecticut, a powerful, comprehensive study provided evidence that state death sentences are haphazardly meted out, with virtually no connection to the heinousness of the crime.”
Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, Co-Directed by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Gets $2.45 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant
The Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, co-directed by Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar, Professor of Law and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, received a $2.45 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to train future specialists in nuclear security and to support ongoing projects, including scientific cooperation with China.
Two Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Experts Weigh In on Clean Energy Debate
Jeffrey Ball, scholar-in-residence at the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center and former energy reporter and environment editor for The Wall Street Journal, writes in the current edition of Foreign Affairs
that the world's renewable-energy push has been sloppy so far. It can be fixed through a new approach that forces these technologies to become more economically efficient, he writes in the article, “Tough Love for Renewable Energy.” And Kassia Yanosek, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center and a private-equity investor, writes in Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, that attempting to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon economy is expensive and risky. Policymakers, says Yanosek, need to realize that achieving a transition with government-aided commercialization programs will require putting billions of taxpayer dollars at risk, often in a high-profile way.
Richard L. Morningstar To Be Nominated for Ambassador to Azerbaijan
The William H. Neukom Building Architects Awarded
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