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Leading Criminal Law Scholar David Sklansky Joins Stanford Law School Faculty

STANFORD, Calif., June 10, 2014 -Stanford Law School today announced that criminal law expert David Sklansky, currently the Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School, will join the Stanford Law School faculty as professor of law, effective summer 2014.

Photo by Bobby White

Photo by Bobby White

Sklansky is an experienced teacher and practitioner, with expertise in criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. Prior to his time in academia, he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, where he specialized in white-collar fraud prosecutions and also served as special counsel to the independent review panel appointed to investigate the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division scandal.

“David Sklansky is a rare talent. As a scholar, he has influenced our thinking because he combines deep experience in and understanding of the key actors and institutions in the criminal justice system with the ability to identify where that system goes wrong, and how it could go right. He is also an astonishing teacher and mentor to his students,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. “We are overjoyed that he will now call Stanford Law School home.”

A prolific scholar, Sklansky is the author of a well-regarded evidence casebook, Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems, and he has written extensively about criminal procedure and policing. Other recent publications include “Evidentiary Instructions and the Jury as Other,” Stanford Law Review (2013); “Crime, Immigration and Ad Hoc Instrumentalism,” New Criminal Law Review (2012); “Private Police and Human Rights,” Law & Ethics of Human Rights (2011); “Hearsay’s Last Hurrah,” Supreme Court Review (2009); and “Is the Exclusionary Rule Obsolete?” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2009).

“For two decades David Sklansky has been one of the national superstars in
the fields of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence,” said Robert Weisberg, Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law. “After serving as a federal prosecutor, he brought his rich knowledge of criminal justice institutions to the academy, where he has done innovative research and writing on topics including the political science of policing, the regulation of jury deliberations, the application of the Fourth Amendment to new surveillance technologies, the relationship between criminal justice and immigration laws, and the state of our hearsay laws.”

An admired teacher, Sklansky has won campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards at both UCLA and Berkeley. Sklansky was also a visiting professor at SLS in 2011.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Stanford Law School faculty, which includes so many scholars and teachers I have admired for years,” Sklansky said. “Having taught at the law school as a visitor, I know how extraordinarily well it combines scholarly excellence with a deep commitment to training students who will make a difference. I’m particularly excited by the important, cutting-edge work the school is doing in criminal justice. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of that.”

More on David Sklansky

Prior to his faculty appointment at Stanford Law School, Sklansky was a member of the Boalt Law faculty (2005-present) and UCLA School of Law faculty (1994-2005). He also practiced labor law at Bredhoff & Kaiser (1987-1994) and clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Sklansky holds a JD (1984) from Harvard Law School and AB from UC Berkeley (1981).

About Stanford Law School 

Stanford Law School (www.law.stanford.edu) is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.

 

 

 

Wildlife Trafficking Policy Lab Practicum Recommendations Adopted By President’s Advisory Council

STANFORD, Calif., June 9, 2014—Several recommendations by students involved in Stanford Law School’s Wildlife Trafficking Policy Lab practicum were adopted today by The President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

In its third public meeting, the council identified and adopted 19 specific steps that it challenged the President’s cabinet-level Task Force to Combat Wildlife Trafficking to take to stop the international wildlife trafficking scourge— the rising tide of elephant, rhino and other wildlife killings that are feeding a burgeoning illegal trade in ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife parts and products.

Several of these steps were based on research and recommendations submitted by Stanford policy lab students, led by David J. Hayes, Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council and a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Stanford Law School.

“I’m glad to have had the chance to work on such a fascinating project under Professor Hayes’ fantastic supervision,” said Trevor Kempner, JD ’15. “Policy labs are an incredible opportunity to learn valuable skills while helping on initiatives with real-world implications.I am thrilled that the advisory council took our work into consideration when making their recommendations, and hope that the Government takes swift and decisive action to combat this horrible problem.”

SLS Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David J. Hayes speaks at public meeting of President's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in March 2014.

SLS Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David J. Hayes speaks at public meeting of President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in March 2014.

These action items include emphasizing the need to forge public-private partnerships to address all aspects of the crisis, including stopping the killing, intercepting illegally trafficked wildlife products, and reducing the demand for such products.

Hayes emphasized that the Advisory Council has taken a strong stance, backed up by Stanford’s recommendations, in favor of bringing together businesses to fight wildlife crime. “Just as retailers and others in the diamond supply chain took action to address the blood diamond crisis in the 1990s, businesses like eBay are taking steps to ensure that ivory and other wildlife products are not sold in the marketplace,” said Hayes. “The White House has a unique opportunity to bring together businesses, NGOs and government agencies to stop illegal wildlife trade and raise awareness of the devastation that illegal trafficking is causing to some of the earth’s most iconic wildlife.”

Armed gangs, organized by sophisticated criminal syndicates, slaughtered more than 30,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos in Africa last year alone, fueling a billion-dollar illegal black market that is corrupting governments and funding terrorist organizations.

The specific recommendations approved by the Advisory Council in its June 9 public meeting are available at: http://www.fws.gov/international/advisory-council-wildlife-trafficking/pdf/advisory-council-recommendations-06-09-14.pdf The Stanford submittal is published on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s web site:  http://www.fws.gov/international/advisory-council-wildlife-trafficking/pdf/stanford-law-comments-recommendations.pdf

Leading Public Health Law Scholar Michelle Mello Joins Stanford Law School Faculty

STANFORD, Calif., June 9, 2014–Stanford Law School today announced that Public Health Law scholar Michelle Mello will join the Stanford Law School faculty as professor of law, effective summer 2014. She will also hold a joint appointment as professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Photo by Emily Cuccarese

Photo by Emily Cuccarese

Mello is the Director of the Program in Law and Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Chair of the School’s Institutional Review Board. She is a leading expert in the field of public health law whose empirical research focuses on issues at the intersection of law, ethics and health policy. She has written more than 130 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, research ethics, the obesity epidemic, pharmaceuticals, clinical ethics, and other topics. Among her current projects, Dr. Mello is studying disclosure and compensation of medical inquiries as the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

“Regulation of the quality and financing of health care is one of the key challenges of our time,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. “Michelle Mello is unquestionably one of the country’s preeminent empirical and theoretical health law and policy scholars, and, with Dr. Mello at Stanford Law School, we have assembled, in just a few short years, a world-class team of researchers and teachers addressing the key issues of health care financing and quality, public health, and medical ethics. In the years ahead, I am certain that Dr. Mello and her colleagues will shape our understanding of these vital topics.”

“The addition of Michelle Mello brings to Stanford Law School one of the most productive young scholars in the area of medical malpractice and public health law and solidifies our position as the most important academic institution for this work in the country,” said John J. Donohue III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law. “Michelle and her coauthors have published some of the most important, blockbuster papers examining error rates in medical malpractice cases, the ability of hospitals to shift costs of medical errors to others, and the source of medical error between systemic forces and errors by individual doctors.  In addition to being an outstanding researcher, Michelle is also an outstanding teacher and colleague, and we are thrilled to have her join our faculty.”

Mello’s recent publications include “A Framework for Public Health Law Research,” Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (2013); “Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems,” New York, Commonwealth Fund (2011); Policies affecting access to sugar-sweetened beverages in schools; legal and regulatory review,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2006); “Medical Malpractice: impact of the crisis and effect of state tort reforms,” Research Synthesis Report No.10, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2006) and “The role of clinical practice guidelines in malpractice litigation,” Harvard Risk Management Foundation (2000).

One of Mello’s most frequent collaborators is Professor David Studdert, who has co-authored more than 50 articles with her and, like Mello, holds a joint appointment at the Stanford School of Medicine. “Michelle Mello is a stunning addition to our faculty,” Studdert said. “She is the country’s leading academic public health lawyer, and her scholarship will form an important part of the bridge SLS is building to other parts of the University, particularly the School of Medicine. In addition, our students are in for a treat because Michelle is a truly inspiring teacher and mentor.”

Before joining SLS, Mello served as a Key Consultant to the National Program Office of RWJF’s program in Public Health Law Research.

“SLS is the most exciting setting in the country for pursuing empirical legal studies and high-impact work in health law and policy,” Mello said. “I hope to be able to help strengthen SLS’s bridge to the Medical School and other parts of the university, and tempt our talented students to pursue careers in the health arena.”

More on Michelle Mello

Prior to her faculty appointment at Stanford, Mello was a member of the Harvard School of Public Health faculty (2000-Present) and Key Consultant to the National Program Office of RWJF’s program in Public Health Law Research. She holds a BA (1993) from Stanford University, a M.Phil (1995) from Oxford University where she was a Marshall Scholar, a Ph.D (1999) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD (2000) from Yale Law School. In 2013, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

 

About Stanford Law School 

Stanford Law School (www.law.stanford.edu) is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading amovement for change.

Leading Scholar in Local Government and Land Use Law Michelle Wilde Anderson Joins Stanford Law School Faculty

STANFORD, Calif., May 28, 2014Stanford Law School today announced that local government and land use law expert Michelle Wilde Anderson, currently an assistant professor of law at Berkeley Law School, will join the Stanford Law School faculty as professor of law, effective summer 2014.

Photo courtesy of  Jim Block

Photo courtesy of Jim Block

Anderson’s teaching, scholarship, and policy work focus on law and government at the local and state level.  Her current research focuses on legal restructuring (such as bankruptcy, disincorporation, and receiverships) and state oversight tools for cities and counties facing fiscal crisis—issues that affect not only Rust Belt capitals like Detroit, but also post-industrial cities in California, rural areas in Oregon, and small towns across the Northeast and South.  She also writes extensively about the local governance of high poverty areas, both urban and rural.

“Michelle Anderson is a spectacular addition to our faculty. She is a life-changing teacher to her students, and a natural institutional leader. Her scholarship displays a rare combination of creativity and meticulous attention to on-the-ground reality. That combination assures that her work will make a lasting contribution to our understanding,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Dean and Richard E. Lang Professor at Stanford Law School. “We are thrilled to call her a member of the SLS faculty.”

Anderson offers expertise in the fields of urban policy and city planning. She earned a master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science and worked at the European Commission’s Urban Policy Unit in Brussels.

“Michelle’s work on the legal causes of uneven urban development and urban crisis is first rate and utterly unique. She is the leading scholar looking at those left behind,” said Richard Thompson Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law. “Michelle is intellectually intrepid: she combines sharp legal analysis with an ace reporter’s eye for the details of the human experience (and a reporter’s mastery of clear, evocative prose)– she digs deep and also far and wide to find out everything there is to know about new and complex topics, asking and answering important questions most of us didn’t know enough to even ask.”

Anderson’s recent publications include  “The New Minimal Cities,” Yale Law Journal (2014); “Detroit: What a city owes its residents,” Los Angeles Times (2013); “Sprawl’s Shepherd: The Rural County” in the California Law Review (2012); “Dissolving Cities,” Yale Law Journal (2012); “Mapped Out of Local Democracy” in the Stanford Law Review (2010); and “Cities Inside Out: Race, Poverty, and Exclusion at the Urban Fringe” in the UCLA Law Review (2008).

“It is an honor and an opportunity to join the Stanford faculty,” said Anderson. “The interdisciplinary centers on campus related to race and poverty, the world-class clinical program at the law school, and the strong commitment to students and teaching are tremendous assets. Add to that the deep bench of faculty role models who engage in policymaking and public writing, and I am quite excited to learn and grow within the Stanford community.”

More on Michelle Wilde Anderson

Prior to her faculty appointment at Stanford Law School, Anderson was a member of the Boalt Law faculty (2008-present) and served on the executive committee of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. She worked as an Environmental Law Fellow at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger (2006-2008) and clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2005-2006) and for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

She holds a BA (1997) from Yale University, a M.Sc (2000) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a JD (2004) from Berkeley Law School.
 

About Stanford Law School 

Stanford Law School (www.law.stanford.edu) is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading amovement for change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Psychologist and Behavioral Scientist Robert MacCoun Joins Stanford Law School

Augmenting Empirical Research and Interdisciplinary Policy Work of Faculty

STANFORD, Calif., May 19, 2014 —Stanford Law School today announced that Robert (Rob) MacCoun, currently a professor of law and public policy at Berkeley Law School, will join the Stanford faculty as professor of law, effective summer 2014. He will also hold a joint appointment with the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University as senior fellow.

Photo courtesy of  University of California, Berkeley.

Photo courtesy of University of California, Berkeley.

Professor MacCoun is a renowned psychologist and behavioral scientist whose prolific scholarship, teaching, and outside work have been focused on illicit drug use, drug policy, alternative dispute resolution, judgment and decision-making, social influence, and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence by scientists, journalists, and citizens. MacCoun was a visiting professor at SLS in 2012.

“We are excited to welcome Rob back to SLS,”  said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. “Rob is not only one of the preeminent scholars working at the border of law and psychology, but an incisive, empirically grounded policy analyst. He both brings substantial new expertise to our faculty and deepens significant existing strengths.”

“Before I began my two-quarter visit at Stanford Law School, I knew I’d be exposed to the highest caliber of legal theory and analysis. But then I discovered that it’s also an intensely interdisciplinary environment, with faculty engaged in empirical social science, the humanities, science and technology, and real-world problem solving. The students I taught were as interested in understanding people and communities as they were in understanding the law,” said MacCoun.

MacCoun’s recent publications include “Moral Outrage and opposition to harm reduction,” Criminal Law & Philosophy, 7, 83-98, (2013); “The Burden of Social Proof: Shared Thresholds and Social Influence,” Psychological Review, (2012); and “An Agnostic’s Guide to the Drug Legalization Debate,” Annual Review of Law & Social Science (2011).

MacCoun has also written extensively on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. His analyses of military unit cohesion, which was featured in a landmark RAND study, was influential in the 1993 and 2010 policy debates about allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the US military.

“Rob is, above all, a superb policy analyst with the willingness and ability to bring a wide array of tools to bear in analyzing important policy questions,” said Mark Kelman, James C. Gaither Professor of Law and Vice Dean. “He has been especially active in three policy arenas: first and foremost, drug policy, but also gays in the military and the problem of corruption or bias in research. Stanford Law has justly gained great renown as the place to do empirically grounded analysis of real world problems, and Rob’s arrival will strengthen us immeasurably as we confront these policy challenges.”

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to join the SLS community, which feels like a microcosm of the university as a whole,” said MacCoun.

More on Rob MacCoun
Prior to his faculty appointment at Stanford Law School, MacCoun was a member of the Boalt law faculty (1999-present) and the faculty of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Policy (1993-1999). From 1986 to 1993 he was a behavioral scientist at The RAND Corporation. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and Stanford Law School. He holds a BA (1980) from Kalamazoo College, a MA (1983) from Michigan State University and a PhD (1984) from Michigan State University.

About Stanford Law School
Stanford Law School (www.law.stanford.edu) is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business, and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective, and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.