Table of Contents

Spring ’14
Issue 90/Vol. 48/No. 2

From the Dean

Cover Story

Law and Policy Lab: Tackling Timely Policy Challenges
Learn about Stanford Law School’s new Law and Policy Lab, where students and faculty are working side-by-side to solve policy challenges.


Paul Brest
Former dean Paul Brest is back at Stanford Law School after more than a decade leading the Hewlett Foundation. In this profile we look at the extraordinary career of a beloved teacher, mentor, and dean.

Legal Matters

The Future of Print and Digital News
A discussion with The Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth, JD ’92

In Brief

Alumni And School News

Law School Veterans Fund Summer Fellow

New Criminal Justice Center Initiative Focuses on Higher Education

Helping SLS Grads Join the Academy

When the Moot Becomes Real

U.S. Senate Confirms John B. Owens to the Ninth Circuit

New Rule of Law Program

Inaugural Rubin Family Human Rights Award

Two JSD Candidates Receive Recognition for Scholarship

In Focus

Student Entrepreneurs
There are more opportunities for law students to embrace innovation and the local startup culture than ever before. Learn how they are tapping into Stanford’s entrepreneurial community, some hoping to start their own companies.

A River Runs through It: Buzz Thompson’s Stint as a Special Master
A look at the important work of Professor Buzz Thompson, Jr., JD/MBA ’76 (BA ’72), in helping to solve a key water dispute

Small Firm Diversity
Two alumni are finding career success and satisfaction as partners at one of California’s largest minority-owned law firms, Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP.

Lawyers in the Military
Military law is offering some JDs opportunities for a more fulfilling career. Here we look at several who have taken the road less traveled back to the military after law school.

Jonathan Greenberger: Behind This Week
A profile of the executive producer of This Week With George Stephanopoulos, who is thriving at the helm of the popular Sunday morning news program

Point of View

Fixing American Democracy
An essay by Professor Nathaniel Persily, JD ’98, about his work on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Stanford Lawyer Magazine Issue 90 2

Clinic News

Criminal Defense Clinic
This recently relaunched Stanford Law School clinic is counting its successes this year, with students representing indigent individuals in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties—and learning how to be defense lawyers.


Juliet Brodie: Poverty Law

Michael Klausner: Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics

Faculty News

Stanford Law School faculty awards and highlights

Cavallaro on Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Lemley Included on Lists of Top Lawyers

Mitchell Promoted to Professor of Law and Honored by ABA

Merryman Honored for Legacy Art Law

Gould Named Chairman of California Agricultural Labor Relations Board

Karlan Selected for DOJ Civil Rights Division Post

Rhode Named ABF Outstanding Scholar

Van Schewick Promoted to Professor of Law

Srikantiah Recognized with CLAY Award


Thinking like a Policy Analyst
Ruth Levine, JD/MA ’14 (BA ’08), on her work in a Law and Policy Lab practicum.

Last Word

John Barton’s International Law and the Future of Freedom
A posthumous tribute by Professor Hank Greely (BA ’74)


Shaded Boxes
Alumni profiles

In Memoriam
Alumni obituaries