• Four hundred forty-four students registered at the Law School on September 6.The breakdown by classes was as follows: Class of 1968, 151 students; Class of 1969, 138 students; Class of 1970, 145 students; graduates, 10 students.
• Hon. David L. Bazelon, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., was a guest of the Law Forum February 5 and 6. During his stay Judge Bazelon spoke on “Individual Rights and Civil Liberties” and conducted a seminar on legal insanity and mental commitment.
• On December 13 the annual Law Association Christmas Party was held at the University Club. On February 10 the Law Association held its Spring Dance at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club.
• Professors Gerald Gunther and Herbert Packer have received a grant to prepare a biography of the late Judge Learned Hand and a history of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, respectively. The grant, jointly sponsored by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation and the Ford Foundation, will be administered over an eight-year period projected for the two studies. Dean Bayless Manning delivered the opening address of the American Assembly on Law and the Changing Society, sponsored by the American Bar Association and the American Assembly of Columbia University March 14-17 in Chicago. The first “planning conference” in the history of American law brought together lawyers, jurists, legal scholars and professors from throughout the United States to discuss such varied topics as modern legal education, equal rights and opportunities, crime, urban redevelopment and the adequacy of legal sources to the poor and middle income segments of society.
Other Stanford lawyers participating were: Hon. Shirley M. Hufstedler ’49, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal; Professor Joseph Sneed; Professor John R. McDonough, now on leave of absence from the School while serving as Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the United States.
The text of Dean Manning’s talk”New Tasks for Lawyers,” was sent to alumni of the School by the Board of Visitors. A text containing the papers delivered to the Assembly will be available in paperback this summer.
• Three third-year students at the School won the western regional eliminations in the Philip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held at Hastings College of Law, San Francisco March 28. The three are: James Amschler, Elm Grove, Wisconsin; Joseph Dennin, Long Beach, California; Ricardo Ferrari, Manhattan, Kansas. Ferrari was also named best oralist in the competition, which included six western law schools: Boalt Hall Hastings College of Law, Stanford, the University of San Diego, the University of Colorado and Denver University. The team argued in the national finals in Washington, D.C. April 26 and 27. They were accompanied by team manager Charles Mansfield ’68, the 1967-68 president of the Association of Student International Law Societies.
• Professor Charles J. Meyers was the principal speaker at an oil and gas seminar in Mississippi on March 1. The subject of Mr. Meyers’ address was “Compulsory Unitization in Mississippi.” The seminar was sponsored by the Oil and Gas Committee of the Mississippi State Bar.
• Professor John Merryman has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to study comparative law at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany, during 1968-69. He will study laws governing land use in urban areas.
• On January 8 Professor Moffatt Hancock spoke to students and faculty of the University of Toronto Law School on proposed changes in Canadian rules regarding torts in the conflict of laws.
• Professor John Kaplan has been awarded a grant by the Walter E. Meyer Research Institute to examine the penalty trial phase of the capital punishment question. The penalty trial takes place after a conviction of first-degree murder. Mr. Kaplan’s study is expected to take about one year.
• Under a grant from the Title Insurance and Trust Company, Professor Douglas Ayer has undertaken a study of condemnation procedure to determine whether the law and procedure relating to condemnation should be revised. Mr. Ayer is making the study a research consultant to the California Law Revision Commission.
• A conference on “Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: Law and Technology” was held at the School on August 16-18 under the joint sponsorship of the School and Sylvania Electric. Cochairmen were Mr. Gershon Wheeler of Sylvania and Professor Thomas Ehrlich of the Law School. The aim of the two-day meeting was to bring together scientists involved in space technology and lawyers dealing with the international legal ramifications of technological advances. Participants included: Professor Abram Chayes of Harvard Law School; Mr. H. G. Darwin, legal adviser to the British delegation to the United Nations; Professor Leon Lipson of the Yale Law School and Mr. Leonard Meeker, legal adviser to the Department of State.
• Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Tom Clark visited the School in February as a guest of the Law Forum. Mr. Clark, who was on a two-day visit to the University addressed law students one afternoon and met informally with them at the Barristers Pub that evening.