May 2010 ISSUE

My Boss, Justice Stevens

Excerpt from The New York Times opinion piece by
Jeffrey L. Fisher

One of Justice Stevens’s trademarks is the courteousness with which he treats the lawyers who appear before the Supreme Court. When he wants to elicit information or make a point during oral argument, he typically interrupts the lawyer with the gentle preface, “May I ask you a question?”

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SEC v. Goldman Sachs: Analyzing the SEC’s Complaint

In one of the most important lawsuits in the history of Wall Street, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Goldman Sachs, alleging fraud in the design and marketing of synthetic collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”). Professors Darrell Duffie (Stanford Graduate School of Business), an authority on CDO markets, and Joseph Grundfest ’78 (Stanford Law School), a former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, explained in a panel discussion on April 27, 2010, the operation of the synthetic CDO market and the strengths and weaknesses of the SEC’s complaint.

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The Beauty Bias Book Signing with Professor Deborah Rhode

May 24, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Join Deborah L. Rhode,
Ernest W. McFarland
Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, for a lunchtime talk on her new book, The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law. “It hurts to be beautiful” has been a cliché for centuries. What has been far less appreciated is how much it hurts not to be beautiful. “The Beauty Bias” explores our cultural preoccupation with attractiveness, the costs it imposes, and the responses it demands. The book explores the social, biological, market, and media forces that have contributed to appearance-related problems, as well as feminism’s difficulties in confronting them. Appearance-related bias infringes fundamental rights, compromises merit principles, reinforces debilitating stereotypes, and compounds the disadvantages of race, class, and gender. Bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided. Free and open to all. The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research is co-sponsoring this event with the Faculty Women’s Forum at Stanford.

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