Table of Contents

Fall ’12
Issue 87/Vol. 47/No. 1

From the Dean

Cover Story

Meet Liz Magill
Meet M. Elizabeth Magill, the new Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. This profile explores her career and life—and the drive that led her from Virginia to California to lead one of the nation’s top law schools.


Farewell Larry Kramer
Now leading the Hewlett Foundation, former dean Larry Kramer is gone but not forgotten.

Legal Matters

Law and Public Service
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discusses her career in law and public service with her Counselor and Chief of Staff Cheryl D. Mills, JD ’90

In Brief

Alumni and School News

Jennifer Granick
 Appointed Director of 
New Civil Liberties
 Initiative at CIS

Julie A. Ahrens Appointed New Director of Copyright and Fair Use at CIS

Afghanistan Project Gets $7.2 Million Grant

Ford Foundation Grant to Fund Public Interest Fellowship Program

Legal History Treasures in Court Documents

In Focus

Rivkin and Moelis: Together in Public Service
For Bob Rivkin and Cindy Moelis, both JD ’87, public service is a central part of their careers and marriage. Big supporters of President Obama, who is also from their hometown of Chicago, they are relishing their time for him and making a difference.

Judge Vaughn R. Walker: Measured Justice
Former chief judge of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco Vaughn R. Walker, JD ’70, reflects on his career in law and on key cases, including his decision in the landmark 2010 Proposition 8 Perry v. Brown.

Directors’ College Goes On The Road
Building on 18 successful years at Stanford, Directors’ College is expanding beyond campus to bring executive corporate governance education to Latin America, China, Australia, and New Zealand. And that’s just for starters.

The Internationals: Students from Around the Globe at Stanford Law School
Thomas Russo, JD/MBA ’84, and his wife, Georgina, are helping to foster social and extracurricular interaction among Stanford Law School’s JD and international advanced degree students with the launch of the Russo International Law Student Fund.

Stanford Lawyer Magazine Issue 87

Clinic News

Drones and Human Rights

Investigating Workers’ Rights in Cambodia


David Engstrom on Qui Tam

Pamela S. Karlan and the Law of Democracy


Making a Difference in Afghanistan
An opinion piece by Ingrid Price, JD ’13

Point of View

The Sympathetic State: 
Disaster Relief and 
the Origins of the 
American Welfare State

An excerpt from Michele Landis Dauber’s upcoming book

New Faculty

Profiles of Stanford Law School’s newest members of the faculty

New Faculty: Ronald C. Tyler

New Faculty: Shirin Sinnar

New Faculty: James A. Sonne


Thomas Elke, LLB ’52 (BS ’49)

John Atta Mills

Last Word

On The London Olympics
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, JD ’82, and two-time Olympic runner and Stanford coach PattiSue Plumer, JD ’89 (BS ’85), discuss the London games.


In Print
Alumni publications

Shaded Boxes
Alumni profiles

In Memoriam
Alumni obituaries