Stanford Law School Pays Tribute to Veterans 1

On Thursday, May 27, about 80 veterans, students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the shade of the redwood grove behind the law library to honor Stanford Law School alumni killed during World War II and all who have served our country. During a military ceremony, the center of attention was a large bronze plaque—packed away in a basement storeroom in the 1970s when the law school moved to Crown Quadrangle and recently rediscovered. On it are the names of 18 SLS alumni who gave their lives during WWII. Addressing the crowd at the ceremony were M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean; Dana Rehnquist, JD ’16, granddaughter of former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, LLB ’52 (BA/MA ’48); and former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Rehnquist served as a sergeant in North Africa as a weatherman providing reports to Army Air Corps aviators, and Shultz, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer from 1942 to 1945.  Among the assembled guests were Craig Largent, JD ’04 (MS ’89), and John Dugan, JD ’99, who, with Steven Benz, JD ’90, recently endowed the Stanford Law School Veterans Fund, and Tripp Zanetis and Jordan Ritenour, both JD ’17, co-presidents of the Stanford Law Veterans Organization.