Table of Contents

Fall ’21
Issue 105/Vol. 56/No. 1

From the Dean

Cover Story

California Burning
Stanford environmental law experts discuss the challenges California faces from the growing risks of climate change—including more severe drought, wildfires, and smoke.

Legal Matters

Legal Education In Afghanistan and the Return of Taliban Rule
A timely conversation about Stanford’s Afghanistan Legal  Education Project and its work with the American University of Afghanistan

In Brief

School News

New Executive Director For SCRJ

DEI Associate Dean Appointed

Leveraging California’s Financial Clout For Climate Change

Model Redistricting

Bright Environmental Award

In Focus

Fred Alvarez 
A profile of  Fred Alvarez, JD ’75 (BA ’72), one of the nation’s leading employment law experts with a long record of public service and leadership in the profession

What’s the Cost of Silence?
A Stanford Law policy practicum explores the use of non-disclosure agreements, with former Fox News star Gretchen Carlson among its clients

Impact and Intrigue
A profile of Molly Claflin, JD ’08, looking at her career investigating political and policy questions

The Rock Center
A look at Stanford’s Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, 15 years after its founding


A Pattern of Violence  
A look at Professor David Alan Sklansky’s latest scholarship and new book  A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice

Point of View

Federal Ground
An excerpt from Professor Gregory Ablavsky’s new book, Federal Ground: Governing Property and Violence in the First U.S. Territories

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New Faculty 

Elizabeth A. Reese
Stanford Law School welcomes Elizabeth A. Reese, assistant professor of law—the first Native American on the tenure-line faculty.

Clinic News

The Forest and the Fisher
Students in the Environmental Law Clinic encourage protection of California’s forests by highlighting the plight of an endangered mammal known as the Pacific fisher.


Financing High-Carbon Infrastructure In the Developing World
An essay by Angela Ortega Pastor (MA ’21) and David Liou, JD/MBA ’23

Representing The U.S.: Bringing Island Innovation and Youth Advocacy To Climate Change Summit Negotiations
An essay by Rayne Sullivan, JD ’23

The Last Word

Your Vote, Your Signature
Stanford Students’ Work Leads to New Signature Verification Legislation


In Print
Alumni publications

Shaded Boxes
Alumni profiles

In Memoriam
Alumni obituaries