"DEAN LARRY KRAMER ANNOUNCES NEW LAW SCHOOL ACADEMIC CALENDAR"
Dean Larry Kramer issued a statement announcing the transition of the law school academic calendar to the quarter system. The change in the schedule will make it more compatible with the university's other schools and departments, affording students more opportunities to pursue joint degrees and innovative research, while allowing the school to create unique interdisciplinary courses and programs. The move will take place in two steps, allowing any issues, logistical and other, to be resolved with minimal confusion and cost. Beginning next year the law school will adopt a modified semester approach, making the full transition to the quarter system in the academic year 2009-2010.
"SECURITIES FIRMS SEE A DECLINE IN INVESTOR SUITS, LOSS CLAIMS"
"Wall Street Journal" article quotes Professor Joseph Grundfest about a new study from the Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research.
"SO, GUY WALKS UP TO THE BAR, AND SCALIA SAYS"
"New York Times" story quotes Professor Pamela Karlan and Lecturer Thomas Goldstein about laughter during Supreme Court arguments.
"AN IDEOLOGICAL RUMBLE"
"San Francisco Chronicle" front-page article quotes Professor Deborah L. Rhode, director of the Stanford Center on Ethics, on the role Roe v. Wade may play during Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings.
"WILL EXECUTION MOVE THE DEBATE?"
"Chicago Tribune" coverage quotes Professor Lawrence Marshall on the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams in California, and whether public outcry will fuel long-term protest against the death penalty.
"JUSTICES PONDER HEAVY PATENT DOCKET"
"National Law Journal" article on the quantity of upcoming patent cases in the Supreme Court quotes from Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan's argument before the High Court in Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Independent Ink.
"HUMAN BRAIN CELLS ARE GROWN IN MICE"
"Washington Post" coverage quotes Professor Hank Greely on current research involving the successful injection of human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice.
"WAL-MART WORKERS WIN SUIT"
"Los Angeles Times" front-page article quotes Professor Deborah Hensler on the size of the award to Wal-Mart workers in a suit involving wages and hours.
GOLDSTEIN: "NEW PAPERS RELEASED ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE ALITO"
NPR's "Morning Edition" coverage includes commentary by Lecturer Thomas Goldstein.
KARLAN: "NEW PAPERS REINFORCE ALITO'S JUDICIAL CONSERVATISM"
NPR's "All Things Considered" features commentary by Professor Pamela Karlan.
LESSIG: "WHEN THEFT SERVES ART"
"Wired" column by Professor Lawrence Lessig, director of the Center for Internet and Society, comments on the unique licensing practices of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
LESSIG: "CREATIVES FACE A CLOSED NET"
"Financial Times" Op-Ed by Professor Lawrence Lessig, director of the Center for Internet and Society, discusses the necessity of "Read-Write," instead of "Read-Only," internet technology.
RHODE: "GIVING TILL IT HURTS"
"American Lawyer" column by Professor Deborah L. Rhode, director of the Stanford Center on Ethics, analyzes legal ethics issues in a question-and-answer format. In this issue, Rhode answers questions on pro bono work and the ethics of case selection.
SULLIVAN: "THE ALITO HEARINGS"
"NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" features commentary by Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan on the first day of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
SULLIVAN: "JUSTICE IN THE BALANCE"
"Washington Post" book review by Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan on Joan Biskupic's biography of Sandra Day O'Connor '52.
ACS PRESENTS: SENATOR MAX CLELAND
Wednesday February 1, 2006, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Room 290, Stanford Law School. Former Senator Max Cleland will speak on national security and the war in Iraq. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society. For more information, contact Rhett Millsaps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILSEY DISTINGUISHED LECTURER: RICHARD WEST
Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 5:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University. Law school alumnus Richard West '71, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, is the 2006 Wilsey Distinguished Lecturer. The subject of the presentation is the "National Museum of the American Indian: Journeys in a Post-Colonial World." Sponsored by Cantor Arts Center. For more information, contact Kristen Olson at email@example.com.
"MOBSTERS, UNIONS, AND FEDS: ORGANIZED CRIME AND ORGANIZED LABOR"
Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Stanford Law School. James Jacobs, NYU professor of criminal law and criminal justice and director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice, will speak about organized crime and organized labor. Sponsored by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. For more information, contact Kara Dansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"SPIES, SECRETS, & SECURITY: THE NEW LAW OF INTELLIGENCE"
Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 12:30 to 7:00 p.m., Stanford Law School. Sponsored by the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Stanford National Security Law Society, and the Center for Internet and Society. This one-day symposium will analyze the law and policy of intelligence and national security. The Honorable Patricia Wald, of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Commission), will be the featured speaker. Alumni admission is free with RSVP. For more information, contact Joe Ross at email@example.com.
SPILF'S ANNUAL "BID FOR JUSTICE AUCTION"
Saturday, March 4, 2006, 6:00 p.m. silent auction, 8:00 p.m. live auction, Crown Quadrangle (silent auction) and Kresge Auditorium (live auction), Stanford Law School. The Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF) auction enables the organization to provide stipends for students who volunteer at public interest jobs during the summer, and award grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in public interest projects. For more information contact this year's co-chairs of the event, Melissa Magner, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Pete Schermerhorn, email@example.com.
"THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN CRIMINAL CASES: A NATIONAL CRISIS"
Monday, March 6, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Stanford Law School. Sponsored by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, this event will present the findings of the National Committee on the Right to Counsel, explore their implications for the practice of law, and discuss possible solutions to the problems the data present. The event is open to all alumni, and registration is required. For more information, contact Kara Dansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STANFORD CONFERENCE ON NEUROSCIENCE AND LIE DETECTION
Friday, March 10, 2006, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Stanford Law School. Sponsored by the Center for Law and the Biosciences, this conference will explore the impact of neuroscience's advances in the ability to monitor the operations of the brain, and the application of these advances to enhance the efficacy of lie detection. The morning session of the conference will examine the scientific plausibility of reliable lie detection through neuroscientific methods, discussing different methods and assessing their likely success. The afternoon session will assume that at least one of those methods is established as reliable and will then explore what social and legal ramifications will follow. For more information, contact Trish Gertridge at email@example.com.
"CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTALISM AT 10"
Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 2006, 1:00 to 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Room 180, Stanford Law School. Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society will host a symposium to explore the development and expansion of the metaphor of "cultural environmentalism" over the course of ten busy years for intellectual property law. Four scholars will present original papers on the topic, and a dozen intellectual property experts will comment and expand on their works. Please visit the CIS website to register. For more information, contact Lauren Gelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"LOOKING BACKWARD, LOOKING FORWARD: THE LEGACY OF CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST AND JUSTICE O'CONNOR"
Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, 2006, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Stanford Law School. The 2006 Stanford Law Review symposium will explore the ways in which Justices O'Connor and Rehnquist left their marks on the Supreme Court, and how the High Court may evolve in the coming years. The symposium will include panels on Federalism, the Fourteenth Amendment, economic interests and personal liberties, and judicial philosophy. For more information, contact Michelle Skinner at email@example.com.
SILICON VALLEY: "THE FINISHING SCHOOL"
Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 6:00 p.m., Faculty Lounge, Stanford Law School. Michele Martinez '89 will discuss her new novel, "The Finishing School," her second about the character Melanie Vargas, a New York City federal prosecutor. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Stanford Law School Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOS ANGELES: "THE FINISHING SCHOOL"
Friday, January 27, 2006, 7:00 p.m., The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles. Michele Martinez '89 will discuss her new novel, "The Finishing School," her second about the character Melanie Vargas, a New York City federal prosecutor. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Stanford Law School Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
SILICON VALLEY: THE ACTORS' GANG, "THE EXONERATED"
Friday, February 10, 2006; 7:00 p.m. pre-show discussion, 8:00 p.m. performance; Stanford Law School (discussion) and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University (performance). Featuring a pre-show discussion with Larry Marshall, professor of law, David and Stephanie Mills Director of Clinical Education, and associate dean for public interest and clinical education. RSVP and ticket price information forthcoming via email. For more information, contact the Stanford Law School Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAN DIEGO: "MAY IT AMUSE THE COURT"
Wednesday, March 1, 2006, time and location to be announced, please save the date. Join in this special opportunity to discuss Michael A. Kahn's JD/MA '73 recently published collection of editorial cartoons, "May it Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and Constitution," with topics ranging from secession to the 2000 presidential election. Mr. Kahn, who has published more than ten articles regarding the Supreme Court, will also engage the audience in a timely review of the characters and controversies depicted in today's editorial cartoons. For more information, contact the Stanford Law School Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
NEW YORK: "THE FINISHING SCHOOL"
Tuesday, March 21, 2006, time and location to be announced, please save the date. Michele Martinez '89 will discuss her new novel, "The Finishing School," her second about the character Melanie Vargas, a New York City federal prosecutor. For more information, contact the Stanford Law School Office of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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