This policy lab continues a partnership between Stanford Law School and the Office of the County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara. SCCLPP students work with the leadership and deputies of the office on both litigation and policy matters related to urgent local challenges. Over the long run, SCCLPP projects will relate to fields such as environmental protection, consumer protection, criminal justice, land use law, the rights of immigrant residents, public health, and local finance.
During the 2021 Winter and Spring quarters, each student group will focus on one of the following projects:
- Protecting Consumer Rights in Household Tax Preparation
- Putting Settlement Funds to Work for Vulnerable Communities: Strategies for Abating and Preventing Lead Paint Hazards in Housing
- Environmental Justice and Building Electrification: Exploring Ways to Bring Clean Energy to Homes and Buildings with a Focus on Low-Income Communities
The SCCLPP is open only to Stanford Law Students (2L and 3L JD and Advanced Degree students). Students will be admitted by consent, with a preference for those with past coursework or experience in state or local government law, public interest lawyering, and public service generally. A strong preference attaches to students intending to enroll in both the Winter and Spring quarters, and we do not expect to enroll any new students in the spring quarter. (Students undertaking an externship at the County Counsel’s Office during either term will be treated as two-term participants.) The seminar portion of the course meets the first five Thursdays of the quarter from 4:15-6:15; it meets again the last Thursday of the quarter for a lengthy evening briefing at the SCCC’s office starting at 5:15 PM.
Deliverables: Policy memos and oral briefing for client