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Law students assist the Hopi Tribal Appellate Court of Arizona in two tracks. Track 1: Law Clerks (3 units, EL): Students serve as off-site law clerks to the Justices. Law clerks will be assigned to a Justice with whom they meet regularly to discuss assignments. They will assist in preparing for oral arguments and drafting written decisions or other assistance. Track 2: Policy Research (2-3 units, R possible): Law students assist the Appellate Court in researching and developing internal policy documents such as creating rules of procedure and facilitating mediation and restorative justice methodologies. The team will travel to Northern Arizona to meet with clients and stakeholders over the period of April 18-21.


This project works closely with a non-profit client that is investing in nature-based climate solutions (NbS) to enhance the natural proclivity of landscapes and seascapes to combat climate change. Students will explore and analyze barriers and opportunities in developing laws and policies that affect the adoption of NbS, including means of measuring benefits.


Working with the policy client, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Professor Margaret Satterthwaite, the research team will prepare case studies illustrating the risk to judicial systems emanating from powerful economic or corporate interests. Topics include: The promise and perils of artificial intelligence in judicial systems and the independence of Indigenous juridical systems.


This practicum will advise the Stanford Provost's Office on the legal and policy issues raised by the doxxing of or by members of the Stanford community or otherwise related to activities on campus and it will develop recommendations for how the University should respond. Areas of research include the legal definition of doxxing, the First Amendment, the Leonard Law and other constraints applying to the University, what training or resources can be offered to people to protect their online privacy, and how to foster constructive discourse in light of the way that these online dynamics and the threat of doxxing can chill speech.

  • PROF. DAVID ENGSTROM & MARGARET HAGAN (Legal Design Lab Director)

The research team works with the Los Angeles County Court to design a pilot for a new end-to-end process that improves court users’ participation rates, engagement, sense of procedural justice, and substantive justice outcomes.

  • PROFS. JANET MARTINEZ & JIM LEAPE (Woods Institute Sr Fellow & Center for Ocean Solutions Dir)

This Action Lab works closely with the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning to implement a far-reaching national program that could transform the Indonesian food system and serve as a model for other countries. Students will evaluate successful programs implemented by other nations on such topics as aquaculture, small scale fisheries, blue food tech, and justice and inclusion.


This policy lab partners with the Office of the County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara. Students will work with the leadership and deputies of the office on both litigation and policy matters related to urgent local challenges. SCCLPP projects may include issues from a range of fields: environmental protection, consumer protection, criminal justice, land use law, the rights of immigrant residents, public health, election law, and local finance.