Stanford Law students recently had the opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California for a tour and private question-and-answer session with Nicole Acton Jones, JD ’03, Google’s senior law enforcement and security counsel, and Richard Salgado, Google’s director for information security and law enforcement matters and a lecturer at Stanford Law. The trip was organized by the Stanford Law and Technology Association (SLATA).
“Nicole and Richard showed us around and answered our questions about the legal issues they work on. They also talked about what it’s like to work at Google, and gave us great advice about pursuing in-house legal roles at technology companies,” said SLATA co-president Shelli Gimelstein (JD ’18).
SLATA brings together students who share an interest in technology law—how the law promotes technological innovation, limits technological abuse, and responds to technological change—and the application of technology to the study and practice of law. Stanford’s unique combination of resources—its superior law, business, science, and engineering schools, as well as its location in the heart of Silicon Valley—make SLATA an ideal forum for academic study and debate of emerging critical issues involving law and technology. Current fields of student and faculty interest include law and cyberspace, law and biotechnology, intellectual property and science, health and technology policy.
SLATA regularly sponsors speakers, panels and round-table discussions on high technology and the law, with representation from Silicon Valley law firms specializing in high tech, in-house counsel at technology firms, faculty members and students. SLATA has initiated a mentoring program for 1Ls with members of the Bay Area legal community interested in technology law.