Welcome to the inaugural issue of Law@Stanford, a roundup of Stanford Law School news we plan to distribute monthly to alumni and friends of the School. I hope that it will let you know just how exciting life is at the Law School these days, and that it will keep you up to date on the cutting-edge work of our faculty and the activities of the highly talented students we enroll each year. I hope too that Law@Stanford will inspire you to return to the School to participate in the thought-provoking panels, conferences, and reunion events we hold each year. I hope you enjoy receiving it, and welcome your thoughts and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen M. Sullivan
Dean and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law
and Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
In this issue:
INAUGURAL CLASS OF LLMS ARRIVES ON THE FARM
On September 3, the School welcomed 18 foreign-trained lawyers to campus for a one-year program leading to the Master of Laws (LLM) degree. The program offers candidates the opportunity to focus their studies on either corporate governance and practice, or law, science, and technology. Also arriving for orientation were the 172 new 1Ls destined to become the Class of 2005. http://www.law.stanford.edu/news/llm/
LAW SCHOOL TO LAUNCH E-COMMERCE CENTER
On October 23, the School will announce the creation of a new Center for E-Commerce as part of the School's Program in Law, Science & Technology. The kickoff of the center will coincide with its first conference, titled "Burst of the Bubble: Lessons and Opportunities from the Dot-com Collapse," which will explore the profound and unprecedented legal fall-out from the dot-com disintegration. http://www.seeuthere.com/event/956911576412
The Center for E-Commerce will be part of the School's Program in Law, Science & Technology. http://lawtech.stanford.edu/
COPYRIGHT GOES TO THE HIGH COURT
On October 9, Professor Lawrence Lessig will argue on behalf of plaintiff Eric Eldred at the U.S. Supreme Court in Eldred v. Ashcroft, with Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan assisting him as co-counsel. The case concerns the constitutionality of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. Professor Paul Goldstein, Stanford's copyright expert, has assisted music industry interests who support the Act. http://www.law.stanford.edu/library/eldredvashcroft/
BALANCING FIRST WORLD IP, THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT
The Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, chaired by John H. Barton '68, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, has released a report offering several dozen recommendations for aligning intellectual property protection with the goal of reducing poverty in developing countries.
FBI DIRECTOR MUELLER TO RECEIVE RALSTON PRIZE
The Jackson H. Ralston Prize in International Law has been awarded to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert S. Mueller III. Mueller will deliver the Ralston Lecture on Friday, October 18, as part of Alumni Weekend 2002. http://www.law.stanford.edu/alumni/events/alumniweekend/2002/
ALUMNI SUPREME COURT JUSTICES TO REVISIT STEEL SEIZURE
Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist '52 (AB '48, AM '48), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor '52 (AB '50), and Professor of Law and Stanford President Emeritus Gerhard Casper will hear a reargument of the landmark 'Steel Seizure' case, a case about the limits of presidential power in times of crisis that holds renewed relevance in the post-September 11 era, on Saturday, October 19, during Alumni Weekend 2002. This event will celebrate and mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition. http://www.law.stanford.edu/alumni/events/alumniweekend/2002/
WEST '71 JOINS THE BOARD
Richard West '71, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, has been elected to Stanford University's Board of Trustees.
In his latest book, "Law in America: A Brief History," Professor Lawrence Friedman has "deftly distilled 225 years of jurisprudence into a coherent, trenchant explanation of how American law has evolved," according to a recent review in the Washington Post (August 11, 2002).
The Washington Post
Professor Lawrence Lessig's "The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World," has been widely and favorably reviewed. http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/future/
SLS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS RATED EXCELLENT
The School's offerings in business law, feminist legal theory, intellectual property, law and economics, legal ethics/legal profession, and tax were all rated "excellent" according to the 2000-2002 New Educational Quality Rankings of US Law Schools released this summer.
SALUTING A WINNING PAIR
Alumni and friends of Stanford Law School, led by Warren Christopher '49 and Frank D. "Sandy" Tatum '49 (AB '42), are helping to establish a Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professorship at Stanford Law School in honor of the late dean and his wife. For more information, call Allison Mayberry at 650/725-9160 or write to email@example.com. http://www.law.stanford.edu/news/200206-spaeths.shtml
THOSE WERE THE DAYS
Remember the days when the Law School printed a handy alumni directory every five years or so? Next year that tradition will be revived with the production of a paper directory--and, for the more tech-savvy, a CD-ROM--due out in fall 2003. Details about the directory will be on the way to you soon, along with a request for you to update your contact information. In the meantime, there is always the Stanford University online directory http://www.stanfordalumni.org/home.html....
GERALD GUNTHER, revered constitutional law scholar, nd professor and mentor to four decades of Stanford Law students, died on July 30, 2002, at age 75. A memorial service will be held in Kresge Auditorium at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4. (The auditorium is located at 555 Nathan Abbott Way, adjacent to the Law School.) A reception will follow in the School's Crocker Garden at 5:30 p.m. If you plan to attend the service or the reception, kindly r.s.v.p. to Arline Wyler at 650/723-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 30.
--To read the press release issued by the School upon Professor Gunther's death, please visit http://www.law.stanford.edu/news/200207-gunther.shtml.
--The Law School welcomes friends, admirers, colleagues, and former students of Professor Gunther to contribute your memories of him to a special web page. To do so, please visit http://www.law.stanford.edu/gunther.remembered and express your thoughts.
EDWIN HEAFEY, JR., '55, chairman of the East Bay's largest law firm, Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, has died at age 71. http://www.law.com/regionals/ca/stories/020715c.shtml
JACK ROBERTSON '52, a pioneer in efforts to desegregate California schools, has died at age 85. http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/living/education/3861052.htm
ALUMNI WEEKEND 2002
Thursday to Sunday, October 17 to 20, 2002
BURST OF THE BUBBLE: LESSONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE DOT-COM COLLAPSE
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 http://www.seeuthere.com/event/956911576412
WHOSE EYE ON WHAT PRIZE? UNDERSTANDING LATINOS IN THE FACE OF THE LAW
Saturday, October 5, 2002
THE SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL LATINO AND LATINA LAW STUDENT CONFERENCE
Sunday, October 6, 2002
Sponsored by the Stanford Latino Law Students Association
STANFORD LAW SOCIETIES OF SILICON VALLEY & SAN FRANCISCO: HAPPY HOUR
7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2002
Pier 23, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
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STANFORD LAW SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: RECEPTION WITH SPECIAL GUEST, DEAN SULLIVAN
5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2002
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
NOTRE DAME RECEPTION
October 5, 2002
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STANFORD LAW SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES: RECEPTION WITH SPECIAL GUEST, DEAN SULLIVAN
Thursday, November 7, 2002
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