Table of Contents

Fall ’16
Issue 95/Vol. 51/No. 1

From the Dean

Cover Story

Innovation and the Law
At Stanford Law School, some of the best legal scholars in the country are focusing on innovation and the law—looking at how intellectual property and net neutrality encourage and discourage innovation, greasing the wheels of invention and creativity in the U.S. and global economies. In this feature, we learn about some of this important research and why it matters.

Nicole Jones: Navigating Privacy and Information Concerns at Google

Legal Matters

Lawyering at the Edge of Innovation: A Conversation with Kent Walker, Google’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President
Google General Counsel and Senior Vice President Kent Walker, JD ’87, oversees legal issues facing the innovation giant, where the newness of the company’s products requires the legal team to think out of the box—often before the box has been invented. In this Q&A with Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Walker digs into some of the legal issues he faces daily.

In Brief

Alumni and School News

2016 Bright Award

Fall Public Service Recognition

Science for Non-Scientists

WWII Veterans Remembered

New Associate Dean of Student Affairs

In Focus

Nicole Jones: Navigating Privacy and Information Concerns at Google
In this profile, Nicole Jones, JD ’03, discusses her job—providing counsel on all matters relating to law enforcement at Google—and her path from federal prosecutor to the tech giant.

Veterans Treatment Courts Practicum
Students in Policy Practicum: Veterans Treatment Courts take a close look at courts specifically designed to keep veterans from serving time behind bars—gathering critical data and producing a report about their varying models. Here, we learn more about the problem—and their findings.

Alex Walsh Launches New Firm with Focus on Bottom Line—and Life
In this profile, Alex Walsh, JD ’01, discusses her career in law and the launch of Wilkinson Walsh + Escovitz—a new firm where work-life balance and excellent legal service are both top priorities.

Exploring Criminal Investigations of Police Shootings
How can criminal investigations into of officer involved shootings be improved to minimize biases and improve public confidence?In this article, students discuss their research into the issue and the recommendations they made to the San Joaquin County DA.

No Boardroom, Suits or Heels: This Virtual Law Practice Thrives in the Cloud
VLP Law Group, founded by Stanford Law alumni, was one of the first virtual legal practices—offering low overhead and fees. In this article, we learn why this type of practice is growing in popularity.


Stanford Lawyer Magazine Issue 95

Point of View

Government Under Review
In this essay, Professor Daniel E. Ho and his co-author Becky Elias share findings from their research project that looked at the application of peer review to food safety inspection.


Class Action Litigation Gaining Ground Globally
Professor Deborah Hensler, co-editor of Class Actions in Context: How Culture, Economics and Politics Shape Collective Litigation, discusses the growth of class action lawsuits around the globe.

Clinic News

Stanford Center for Public Research and Fellowship
A report on a new project, the Stanford Center for Public Research and Leadership, that encourages students to collaborate across disciplines

New Faculty

Jacob Goldin: Assistant Professor of Law
Colleen Honigsberg : Assistant Professor of Law


Student essays

Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation Practicum


Kenneth E. Scott LLB ’56


In Print
Alumni publications

Shaded Boxes
Alumni profiles

In Memoriam
Alumni obituaries