Table of Contents

Spring ’16
Issue 94/Vol. 50/No. 2

From the Dean

Cover Story

Law of Democracy
In this feature, Stanford Law faculty weigh in on important legal questions raised in this election year, such as redistricting, the Voting Rights Act, the disenfranchisement of disabled Americans, campaign communications post-Citizens United, and how to improve the actual voting experience.

Rabia Belt Explores the History of Voter Disenfranchisement that Continues Today

Big Money, Campaigns, and Communication

Legal Matters

Voting in America
Benjamin Ginsberg and Robert Bauer co-chaired the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, an investigation into voting in the United States. In this Q&A, the commission’s senior research director, Professor Nathaniel Persily, JD ’98, discusses with them this year’s election and the key findings of the commission’s report.

In Brief

Alumni and School News

Smart Prosecution

SVLO Hosts Veterans Treatment Courts Conference

J. Paul Lomio Memorial Fellowship Established

First OUTLAW Conference at SLS

SLS Launches Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Clearinghouse

JSD Candidate Doron Dorfman Receives Colin B. Picker Prize, First Honorable Mention for a Paper by a Graduate Student

In Focus

Justice Cuéllar: At the California Supreme Court
Former Stanford Law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (MA ’96, PhD ’01) addresses the importance of diversity in legal institutions and his role as the only Latino justice on the California Supreme Court.

Applying Design Thinking to Law
Stanford Law students in this practicum apply “design thinking” to develop solutions to privacy concerns with online consumer contracts.

Ailsa Chang: Reporting from Washington
Award-winning journalist Ailsa Chang, JD ’01, discusses her career as a political reporter for NPR.

Jonathan Schwartz: From DOJ to Napster to Univision
Univision’s Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer Jonathan Schwartz, JD ’86, on his career in criminal justice and media

Bridging the Law Firm Gender Gap
Women make up close to 50 percent of law graduates in the U.S., yet only 18 percent are law firm equity partners. In this practicum, Stanford Law students explore ways to bridge the gender gap in law firms.

Hilary Tompkins: Representing America’s Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
Hilary Tompkins, JD ’96, GC at the U.S. Department of the Interior, reflects on her career choices and the role her Native American heritage has played in her life’s work.

Point of View

Adultery: Infidelity and the Law
An excerpt from Professor Deborah L. Rhode’s new book


The End of Sex?
A report on Professor Hank Greely’s (BA ’74) new scholarship on reproduction technologies and the accompanying legal and ethical complexities of those advances

Clinic News

Organizations and Transactions Clinic
A report on the Organizations and Transactions Clinic and its work demystifying corporate practice