Stanford Law School alumna and former Google Inc. executive Michelle Lee J.D. ’92 will serve as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) beginning Jan. 13 until a new director is named.
Provost John Etchemendy has established a committee to assist his search for a new Stanford Law School dean. Current Law School Dean Larry Kramer will leave the post on Sept. 1 to become the president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
In a talk given at Stanford Law School on Tuesday, Harvard Professor of Law and Computer Science Jonathan Zittrain expressed concern both over the Internet being too consolidated and controlled, as well as concern about security issues highlighted by “hacktivism” in 2011.
This Friday, UC-Berkeley Professor John Yoo will visit the Law School to speak at an event in room 290 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. Yoo’s presence on campus is an affront to the dignity of our community. It also undermines the University’s mission to train tomorrow’s leaders to follow the highest ethical standards. I ask all interested members of the Stanford community to join me in protesting this event.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) grappled with a reduced budget and new ideas for fall and winter programming at its Wednesday meeting. This year, the council has more closely scrutinized student groups coming before the council to ask for event programming funds.
For a certain subset of Stanford seniors, this fall’s workload and stress levels derive only partially from their course loads. With the pressure of LSATs, GREs, GMATs, medical school applications and interviews, some seniors are busy planning for the next stage of their education–while still wrapping up their current one.
For countries in turmoil, an aid greater than immediate help is the sustainable development of legal institutions–a mantra that a group of Stanford law students have taken to heart in expanding a foundation for rule of law in Afghanistan.