California's early release of prisoners proving effective so far, Stanford experts say
Stanford legal scholars say that California's early release of prisoners has not resulted in a rise in crime. To reduce the imprisonment rates, policymakers need to focus on rehabilitation, crime prevention and root causes of crime such as wealth inequality and poor public education.
Targeted policy actions could help discourage obesity, Stanford expert says
Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode suggests that a societal strategy involving public awareness, new taxes, enhanced zoning regulations and tougher restrictions on food marketing and packaging could alleviate the obesity epidemic.
New approach could help reduce bias in research, Stanford scholar says
Stanford law Professor Robert MacCoun writes in a new journal article that "blind analysis" could decrease bias in higher education research. In blind analysis, researchers analyzing data cannot see the true results until they have completed the research.
Rewarding good behavior of prisoners is a benefit to society, Stanford expert says
Stanford law Professor A. Mitchell Polinsky found that rewarding good behavior of prisoners, with reduced sentences or parole, decreases costs for society without increasing crime.
2015 Bright Award recipient guides corporate leaders to more sustainable business practices
Polly Courtice, director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, was honored Tuesday at Stanford Law School with the 2015 Stanford Bright Award for her efforts in guiding thousands of business leaders to more sustainable business practices.
Legal, ethical response needed from US, Europe on Mideast refugee crisis, Stanford expert says
Stanford law Professor James Cavallaro said Europe should follow established international law on Middle East refugees and create new approaches that respond to the crisis in a humanitarian way.
Stanford announces 2015 Stanford Bright Award recipient
The annual prize recognizes unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability. Polly Courtice has won the 2015 award for her efforts in guiding thousands of business leaders to more sustainable business practices.
John Henry Merryman, Stanford art law pioneer, dies at 95
An internationally renowned expert on art and cultural property law as well as comparative law, Merryman dedicated his life to the study and teaching of law at Stanford.
Stanford expert endorses push for federal prison sentencing reform
Stanford School of Law Professor David Sklansky advocates overhauling federal prison sentencing guidelines that have locked up millions of Americans – many of them young black men – for nonviolent crimes. One big problem is the proliferation of mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
New U.S. policies can discourage trophy hunting, Stanford expert says
Stanford legal scholar David J. Hayes says that the American government and policymakers can take measures to help reduce sport hunting of endangered wildlife populations around the world.
California's new vaccination law serves as a national model for children's health, Stanford scholars say
Stanford legal experts say that California's controversial new vaccination law – one of the strictest in the nation – may serve as a model for other states at a time when vaccination rates are low by historical standards.
A second chance at success: Stanford students help formerly incarcerated people become entrepreneurs
Stanford Law School's Project ReMADE is a pro bono boot camp for formerly incarcerated people seeking to start their own businesses. Now in its fifth year, the 12-week program teaches basic business skills to aspiring entrepreneurs and helps them build the social capital needed to launch and sustain their enterprises. Students from Stanford's Law School and Graduate School of Business lead biweekly classes on topics ranging from accounting and marketing to negotiations and public speaking. Additionally, entrepreneurs meet with student mentors and Silicon Valley professionals to develop individualized business plans. At the program's end, the new entrepreneurs present their business plans to a panel of executives from local micro-development organizations.
Research by Stanford law students offers roadmap for California on legalizing marijuana
Stanford law students offer an analysis on how California could most effectively implement marijuana legalization for recreational use if voters approve ballot measures on the issue in 2016.
St. Louis Cardinals hacking allegations raise ethical, encryption concerns, Stanford law expert says
Joe "Chip" Pitts discusses the rewards and risks of data analytics in professional sports.
Key privacy doctrine needs updating due to technology, Stanford law professor says
Stanford scholar Robert Weisberg says it is time to match old law – the "third-party doctrine" – to today's technology. Warrants should be required for law enforcement access to phone and bank data.