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Stanford alum advocates for solar energy in seminar on new book

In a Monday afternoon presentation on his new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet,” Varun Sivaram ’11 stressed current constraints on solar power and three types of innovation — financial innovation, technological innovation and systemic innovation — that he believes are key to sustaining solar energy’s rise to dominance.

The allure of appellate advocacy

The prestige that attaches to Supreme Court cases provides an incentive for private firms to maximize their involvement in otherwise unprofitable projects. On the other hand, but relatedly, the insular nature of the appellate bar (the group of attorneys who regularly practice at the Supreme Court and in other appellate courts) enhances competition for cases, occasionally creating distorted incentives and often bringing cause-based and client-based models of advocacy into conflict.